The EQCA 100
California stands today as a leader in legal rights and protections for the LGBT community, but just ten or so years ago, the landscape was very different. Equality California embarked on a legislative strategy to build a state of equality in 2003, and has been an instrumental instigator and collaborator in the efforts to promote equality for all LGBT Californians.
The closing of this 2014 legislative term marks not only another successful year for EQCA’s sponsored legislation, but also a significant milestone. With the conclusion of the final vote on AB 2501, Equality California is proud to celebrate the passing of its 100th sponsored piece of legislation.
The EQCA 100 touch on almost every aspect of social and civil life, and reach out to aid and defend every member of the LGBT community. From the early work for basic nondiscrimination protection and domestic partnerships, to today’s efforts to make government forms reflect Californian’s authentic selves, the last 11 years have seen unprecedented progress and success. The burdens society places on the LGBT community, intentionally or not, are varied and harmful. The reach of these burdens, and the evidence for the work still to be done, can be witnessed in the sheer breadth of areas in which EQCA has sponsored legislation. Property tax, healthcare, prisoner safety, veteran benefits, cultural competency training, adoption, and marriage represent just a few of the areas improved by EQCA’s successful sponsored legislation has improved.
While we have not yet achieved full and lasting equality, thanks to progressive legislative allies and the work of EQCA, we’re 100 102 bills closer.
End the Panic Defense | AB 2501 (Bonilla)
Eliminates the so-called “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses, outrageous tactics used by defendants who claim their violent acts were triggered by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Modernize Birth Certificates | AB 1951 (Gomez)
Modernizes California birth certificates by allowing parents to choose to self-designate as “father,” “mother” or “parent,” eliminating inaccurate designations and confusion for same-sex parents.
Clean Up Marriage Language | SB 1306 (Leno)
Removes references to “husband” and “wife” in California code and replace them with gender-neutral language such as “spouse” to recognize all married couples throughout California.
LGBT Cultural Competency for Health Care Providers | AB 496 (Gordon)
Clarifies that existing cultural competency training for health care providers should include discussion of LGBT issues.
Ending discrimination in blood donor procedures| AJR 50 (Bloom)
Urges the President to be an agent of change so that FDA blood donation eligibility policies will be based on modern scientific research and findings rather than archaic assumptions and fears.
School Success and Opportunity Act | AB 1266 (Ammiano)
AB 1266 addresses the exclusion of transgender students from school programs and activities and provides guidance to schools so they can make sure that transgender students, like all students, have the opportunity to do well in school and graduate.
LGBT Health Insurance Parity | AB 362 (Ting)
Provides tax relief for employees who receive reimbursement from their employer for federal taxes they paid on healthcare benefits provided to their same-sex partner and dependents.
Transgender Name Changes, Birth and Death Certificates | AB 1121 (Atkins)
Simplifies the process required for a name change to reflect a person’s gender identity, as well as ensuring that a person’s identity documents reflect his or her gender identity accurately.
LGBT Cultural Competency Training for Administrators in Senior Care Facilities | AB 663 (Gomez)
Ensures that administrators of residential care facilities have an additional training in cultural competency and sensitivity in aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Collection | AB 1208 (Pan)
Ensures that the LGBT community is counted in California through health insurance eligibility application forms, which is an important step toward reducing the disparities the LGBT community faces in access to and quality of health services.
Supporting Veterans Resolution | AJR 19 (Pan)
Urges the federal government to reinstate veteran benefits lost due to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discharges.
Nondiscrimination in Pension Investment Resolution | SR 18 (Leno)
Urges CalPERS and CalSTRS not to invest future resources from their pension plans in Russia due to its discriminatory policies against the LGBT community.
Protecting LGBT Youth From Psychological Abuse | SB 1172 (Lieu)
SB 1172 ends the damaging practice of sexual orientation “conversion therapy” on minors while declaring vehemently that being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is in no way an illness or personal shortcoming.
Providing Safe, Supportive Homes for LGBT Youth | AB 1856 (Amminano)
AB 1856 will help to provide comfort, safety and support to LGBT foster youth by creating LGBT cultural competency standards that foster homes housing LGBT youth must meet.
Supporting LGBT Veterans and Military Families | AB 1505 (Pan)
AB 1505 guarantees that all California service members who were discharged from the military for no reason other than their sexual orientation are eligible for all state benefits for veterans and their families such as home loans, college tuition fee waivers and preference for civil service examinations.
Keeping LGBT People in Their Homes | AB 1700 (Butler)
AB 1700 ensures that no LGBT person is put at risk of losing the home, due to debilitating taxes, that he or she has built over a lifetime with a loved one simply because their partner was of the same sex.
Removing Barriers to Family-Building | AB 2356 (Skinner)
AB 2356 will ensure that women in same-sex relationships can access fertility services on the same terms as women in different-sex relationships.
Protect Religious Freedom in Marriage | SB 1140 (Leno)
SB 1140 reaffirms the principles of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with respect to the freedom of clergy to make faith-based decisions regarding which marriages they solemnize in order to strongly refute the claims made by some anti-equality activists.
FAIR Education Act | SB 48 (Leno)
The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act amends the education code to require schools to integrate factual information about social movements, current events and history of people with disabilities and LGBT people into existing social studies lessons.
Equality and Equal Access in Higher Education | AB 620 (Block)
AB 620 requests all California public colleges and universities adopt and publish policies on harassment, intimidation and bullying to be included within the rules of student conduct and to designate an employee at each of their respective campuses as a point of contact to address the needs of LGBT faculty, staff and students.
Seth’s Law AB 9 (Ammiano)
AB 9 will put pressure on schools to better report and discourage all types of bullying with a particular emphasis on protecting children bullied for their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Gender Nondiscrimination Act | AB 887 (Atkins)
AB 887 places “gender identity and expression” alongside other protected categories in our non-discrimination laws, helping people to understand the law and effectively address discrimination against transgender people.
Vital Statistics Modernization Act | AB 433 (Lowenthal)
AB 433 streamlines the existing process for making a petition for a court order recognizing a change of gender and obtaining an updated birth certificate.
Judicial Applicant and Appointment Demographics Inclusion Act | SB 182 (Corbett)
SB 182, in the interest of inclusiveness and diversity, ensures that voluntary data on the gender identity and sexual orientation of potential judges is gathered through the state’s Judicial Applicant Data Report, alongside existing questions on gender and racial or ethnic identity.
Survey Data Inclusion Act | SB 416 (Kehoe)
SB 416 would have added voluntary demographic questions on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, domestic partnership status and spouse’s gender to two statewide surveys.
Domestic Partner Equality Act | SB 651 (Leno)
SB 651 corrects multiple problems and differences that remain between marriage and domestic partnership. Among the most egregious is a cohabitation requirement for domestic partners that does not exist for marriages.
Equal Benefits Bill | SB 117 (Kehoe)
SB 117 requires that all contractors who are paid more than $100,000 do not discriminate on the basis of gender or sexual orientation of their employees’ spouses or domestic partners. This bill ensures that all same-sex couples who are legally married are equally protected.
Protection of Parent-Child Relationships Act AB 1349 (Hill)
This bill clarifies that the courts can consider the relationship between the child and his or her non-biological parents when they are asked to rule on who the child’s legal parents are. This bill ensures that California’s parentage laws continue to protect and preserve children’s established family relationships.
LGBT Cultural Competency Training | SB 747 (Kehoe)
SB 747 requires regulatory boards that license or certify healthcare professionals to require continuing education on LGBT cultural competency in healthcare, ensuring safe and understanding care.
Insurance Non-Discrimination Act | SB 757 (Lieu)
SB 757 clarifies that any insurance policy sold or issued in California must comply with our state’s non-discrimination requirements, even if the insurance company is out-of-state.
LGB Veterans Fairness Resolution | SJR 2 (Kehoe)
SJR 2 would urge the President, Congress, and Defense Secretary to take action on the federal level to put an end to fines on LGB veterans discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. These veterans are often forced to repay costs relating to education and training, sometimes amounting to tens of thousands of dollars.
Civil Marriage Religious Freedom Act | SB 906 (Leno)
This bill reaffirms the freedom of clergy to make faith-based decisions regarding which marriages they solemnize. Additionally, this bill clarifies that religious institutions would not lose their tax exempt status in California if they refuse to solemnize a marriage that is contrary to their religious faith.
Separation Equity Act | AB 2700 (Ma)
AB 2700 creates a consolidated form and procedure to dissolve both a civil marriage and domestic partnership at the same time. This bill would eliminate some of the legal barriers same-sex couples face as a result of the State of California treating the relationships of same-sex couples differently.
Mental Health Services for At-Risk Youth | SB 543 (Leno)
This bill permits youth ages 12-17 to consent to mental health treatment without parental permission if the attending professional believes the youth is mature enough to make the decision or if the youth would present a danger of serious physical or mental harm to self and others without the services.
Repeal of Discriminatory Code | AB 2199 (Lowenthal)
AB 2199 repeals a particularly offensive section of the California Welfare and Institutions code, which instructs the State Department of Mental Health to conduct research into the “causes and cures of homosexuality” with the implication that LGBT Californians are sexual deviants, potential sex offenders and a threat to children.
Data Inclusion Act | AB 1878 (Lieu)
AB 1878 is the first bill in the nation that would require the state to add questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and domestic partnership status in the voluntary demographic section of California’s government forms.
LGBT Prisoner Safety Act | AB 633 (Ammiano)
This bill adopts the National Prisoner Rape Elimination Commission Standards. The bill gives guidance as to how sexual orientation and gender identity and other factors should be considered in order to safely classify and house prisoners.
Hate Crimes Protection Act | AB 1680 (Saldaña)
This bill prohibits contracts from requiring a person to waive their legal rights and procedures under the Ralph Civil Rights Act, which provides protections from hate related crimes.
Unemployment Benefits Equality | AB 2055 (De La Torre)
AB 2055 enables same-sex couples who are about to become registered domestic partners to receive unemployment benefits just as their heterosexual counterparts do.
Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act | AJR 19 (Brownley and Feuer)
This resolution puts California on record in support of repealing the federal “Defense of Marriage Act.”
Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell | SJR 9 (Kehoe)
This resolution puts California on record in support of the federal Military Readiness Enhancement Act, recognizing the vital contributions of gay and lesbian members of our armed forces and reversing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Support the Uniting American Families Act | AJR 15 (León)
This resolution puts California on record in support of the federal Uniting American Families Act, which would remove legal barriers to immigration by permanent same-sex partners.
Blood Donor Nondiscrimination | AJR 13 (Ammiano)
This resolution urges repeal of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s outdated and discriminatory rule prohibiting healthy gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
Domestic Partner Tax Equity Resolution | AJR 29 (Feuer)
This resolution asks the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to adjust its policy to allow California’s legally married same-sex couples and registered domestic partners, as well as those in other states, to file jointly for federal income taxes.
2020 Census Inclusion Resolution | SJR 28 (Kehoe)
This resolution urges the federal government to include questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2020 Census questionnaire.
Stop Uganda’s Bill Criminalizing LGBT People | SR 51 (Leno)
This resolution condemns Uganda’s so-called “anti-homosexuality bill.” If passed by Uganda’s legislature, the bill would criminalize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, allowing for punishments such as life in prison and even death for “homosexual acts.”
Harvey Milk Day | SB 572 (Leno)
This bill requires the governor proclaim May 22 each year as Harvey Milk Day. It would encourage public schools and educational institutions to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on that date.
Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act | SB 54 (Leno)
This bill clarifies California family law to explicitly recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed out-of-state prior to November 5, 2008. The bill would also explicitly recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed out-of-state after that date as carrying all the same rights and responsibilities that spouses receive although without the designation of marriage.
LGBT Domestic Violence Programs | AB 1003 (Pérez)
LGBT Domestic Violence Programs Expansion Bill expands access for LGBT service providers to a state fund that supports LGBT-specific domestic violence programs across the state and is subsidized by a $23 fee on new domestic partner registrations.
Equal ID Act | AB 1185 (Lieu)
AB 1185 allows qualified transgender people born in California to return to the county of their birth to obtain a new birth certificate reflecting the correct gender, as well as any accompanying name change.
LGBT Prisoner Safety Act | AB 382 (Ammiano)
This bill would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the current list of factors that should be considered in order to safely classify and house prisoners.
Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention | SR 23 (Kehoe and Leno)
This resolution puts the California Senate on record in support of the federal Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would expand the authority and capacity of the United States Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence.
Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention | HR 16 (Nava and Eng)
This resolution puts the California Assembly on record in support of the federal Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would expand the authority and capacity of the United States Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence.
Employment Non-Discrimination Act | SR 27 (De Saulnier)
This resolution puts the California Senate on record in support of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend U.S. employment laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Employment Non-Discrimination Act | HR 20 (Eng)
This resolution puts the California Assembly on record in support of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend U.S. employment laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Senate Urging Repeal of Prop 8 | SR 7 (Leno)
This resolution puts the Senate on record as supporting the repeal of Proposition 8 and declaring that the initiative was an improper revision to the California Constitution.
Assembly Urging Repeal of Prop 8 | HR 5 (Ammiano)
This resolution puts the Assembly on record as supporting the repeal of Proposition 8 and declaring that the initiative was an improper revision to the California Constitution.
Harvey Milk Day | AB 2567 (Leno)
This bill requires the governor to proclaim May 22 each year as Harvey Milk Day. It would encourage public schools and educational institutions to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on that date.
Civil Rights Act of 2008 | AB 2654 (Laird)
Assembly Bill 2654, the Civil Rights Act of 2008, amends existing nondiscrimination provisions to be consistent with the nondiscrimination protections in the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in state-funded programs and activities.
LGBT Senior Care Training | SB 1729 (Migden)
Senate Bill 1729 requires licensed health professionals who have constant interaction with seniors in nursing homes and senior care facilities to receive training to better understand how to foster an environment that is free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Foster Youth School Safety Education | AB 3015 (Brownley)
AB 3015 requires that existing training programs for foster youth, foster youth group homes, child welfare personnel, foster parents, and relative caregivers, include information on current school safety laws that protect students from bias-motivated harassment and discrimination.
Housing Co-Ownership | SB 153 (Migden)
SB 153 allows two people, including same-sex couples, who co-own a home together and meet specified criteria, to avoid a property tax increase upon the death of one co-owner.
Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act | AB 43 (Leno)
The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act guarantees the California Constitution’s promise of religious freedom and extends the vital protections afforded by marriage to loving and committed same-sex couples.
Student Civil Rights Act | SB 777 (Kuehl)
The Student Civil Rights Act creates uniform nondiscrimination standards within the state’s education code so students, teachers and school administrators clearly understand the protections that are provided within California’s publicly-funded schools and programs.
afe Place to Learn Act | AB 394 (Levine)
The Safe Place to Learn Act provides clarification and guidance to school districts and the California Department of Education regarding what steps should be taken to ensure compliance with the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000.
Juvenile Justice Safety and Protection | Act SB 518 (Migden)
SB 518 addresses the crisis of abuse and discrimination against LGBT youth by instituting some basic safeguards including a Youth Bill of Rights, statutory anti-bias rules, and mandatory training regarding youth rights for correctional officers and other facility staff.
Civil Rights Act of 2007 | AB 14 (Laird)
AB 14 amends existing nondiscrimination provisions to be consistent with the nondiscrimination protections in the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in state funded programs and activities.
Fair and Equal Taxation for Surviving Partners Act | SB 559 (Kehoe)
SB 559 allows certain domestic partners to seek a reduction in their property taxes if those taxes were unfairly increased prior to the availability of comprehensive domestic partnership protections in California.
Name Equality Act | AB 102 (Ma)
This legislation allows domestic partners and married spouses equal opportunity, regardless of gender, to change their surnames upon marriage or domestic partnership registration.
Resolution Supporting the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” | SJR 6 (Kehoe)
This resolution calls on Congress and the President to end the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from serving in the Armed Forces by passing the Military Readiness Enhancement Act currently pending in Congress.
Domestic Partners Joint Income Tax Filing Implementation Bill | SB 105 (Migden)
SB 105 simplifies the process for registered domestic partners to file state income taxes, beginning with tax year 2007, by making technical, clarifying amendments necessary to implement SB 1827 (Migden), the State Income Tax Equity Act of 2006, which allowed registered domestic partners to use the same state tax filing status as married persons.
Resolution Urging Federal Support of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act | AJR 29 (Eng)
This resolution urges Congress and the President of the United States to pass the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA), also known as the Mathew Shepard Act, which would allow the U.S. Justice Department to investigate and prosecute hate crimes where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Safe Place to Learn Act | AB 606 (Levine)
The Safe Place to Learn Act would require school districts to enforce California’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment law and provides penalties for school districts found to be in violation of that law.
Bias-Free Curriculum Act | SB 1437 (Kuehl)
SB 1437 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in textbooks, classroom materials and school-sponsored activities.
State Income Tax Equity Act of 2006 | SB 1827 (Migden)
SB 1827 enables registered domestic partners to file joint state income tax returns. This bill affirms that California is committed, with its policies and its budget, to granting full equality to registered domestic partners.
Civil Rights Housing Act of 2006 | AB 2800 (Laird)
AB 2800 standardizes various housing-related nondiscrimination provisions in California law to make them consistent with the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Older Californians Equality and Protection Act | AB 2920 (Leno)
AB 2920 amends the Welfare and Institutions Code to strengthen the state’s ability to respond to the needs of LGBT seniors by including them in the list of groups that the Department of Aging assesses and plans for.
Nondiscrimination in State Programs and Activities | SB 1441 (Kuehl)
SB 1441 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in state operated or funded services, activities, and programs.
Equality in Prevention and Services for Domestic Abuse Act | AB 2051 (Cohn)
AB 2051 establishes the Equality in Prevention and Services for Domestic Abuse Fund, a continuously appropriated fund to develop and support education and services specific to LGBT domestic violence.
Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act | AB 1160 (Lieber)
AB 1160 amends jury instructions to state that the use of societal bias, including so-called “panic strategies,” to influence the proceedings of a criminal trial is inconsistent with the public policy of the State of California. This legislation is named in the memory of a transgender teenager from Newark, Calif., who was attacked and killed in 2002.
Code of Fair Campaign Practices | AB 1207 (Yee)
AB 1207 would prohibit the use of any negative appeal based on prejudice against LGBT people by candidates or campaign committees who sign the voluntary pledge provided for in the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.
Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act | AB 849 (Leno)
AB 849 would guarantee the California Constitution’s protection of religious freedom and ensure equal treatment under the law by allowing same-sex couples to marry in California.
Code of Fair Campaign Practices | AB 866 (Yee)
AB 866 prohibits the use of any negative appeal based on prejudice against LGBT people by candidates or campaign committees who sign the voluntary pledge provided for in the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.
Elimination of “Panic” Strategy in Criminal Trials AB 1160 (Lieber)
AB 1160 would modify the existing definition of “voluntary manslaughter” to prohibit defendants from contending that they were provoked to murder by discovering the victim’s disability, gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation of the victim.
Civil Rights Act of 2005 AB 1400 (Laird)
AB 1400 amends the Unruh Civil Rights Act (Unruh Act) to clarify that people are protected from discrimination regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or familial status.
Insurance Non-Discrimination Act AB 1586 (Koretz)
The Insurance Gender Non-Discrimination Act bars insurance companies and health care service plans from discriminating on the basis of gender in the creation or maintenance of service contracts or the provision of benefits or coverage.
Domestic Partner Pension Death Benefit Legislation SB 973 (Kuehl)
SB 973 allows registered domestic partners who were public employees that retired prior to January 1, 2005 to select their partner to receive a death benefit should the retiree pre-decease their partner.
Resolution Supporting the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” SJR 11 (Kehoe)
This resolution calls on Congress and the President to end the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the U.S. Military by passing the Military Readiness Act currently pending in Congress.
Marriage License Non-Discrimination Act AB 1967 (Leno)
This bill will prevent county clerks and other government officials from discriminating against same-sex couples in the issuance of marriage licenses in the State of California. Marriage licenses will allow same-sex couples to access the benefits of marriage in California.
California Insurance Equality Act AB 2208 (Kehoe)
This bill will amend the Insurance and the Health & Safety Codes to prohibit insurance providers from issuing policies or plans that discriminate against domestic partners. It will require all insurance policies and plans that include coverage for spouses — including health, life, auto, and homeowners insurance, among others — to include the same coverage for domestic partners.
Omnibus Labor and Employment Non-Discrimination Act AB 2900 (Laird)
This bill amends existing labor and employment non-discrimination provisions in California law to be consistent with the non-discrimination provisions in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Omnibus Hate Crimes Act SB 1234 (Kuehl)
This bill standardizes Penal Code sections relating to hate crimes. It also changes policies and procedures related to the treatment of victims, plus the training of law enforcement.
Permanent Partners Immigration Act (PPIA) Resolution AJR 60 (Lieber)
This resolution encourages the passage of PPIA by the US Congress. Family unification is a basic principle of US immigration law, but same-sex bi-national couples are not covered under federal law.
Resolution Opposing A Federal Marriage Discrimination Amendment AJR 85 (Leno)
This resolution opposes the proposed federal amendment that would discriminate against gay and lesbian Americans. This resolution denounces attempts to amend the Constitution to prohibit lesbian and gay Americans from ever obtaining legal protections for their family relationships.
Equal Benefits in State Contracting AB 17 (Kehoe)
Prohibits state agencies from contracting with businesses that discriminate in employment benefits offered to employees with spouses and employees with registered domestic partners.
Gender Nondiscrimination AB 196 (Leno)
Prohibits discrimination in employment and housing based on gender non-conformity.
Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003 AB 205 (Goldberg)
Significantly expands the rights and responsibilities provided to registered domestic partners and their families to include nearly all state legal rights, duties, benefits, responsibilities, and obligations currently available only to married couples.