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California: Birth-certificate bill passes Assembly panel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Assembly Health Committee has passed AB 1951, a bill that would modernize California’s birth certificate system by ensuring LGBT parents can accurately record their relationships to their children, by a provisional bipartisan vote of 16-1.

Currently, parents are required to select “Mother/Parent” and “Father/Parent;” AB 1951, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, would allow each parent to select “Mother,” “Father” or “Parent.”

Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing merges with LA Gay and Lesbian Center

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH) is merging its program to develop affordable housing for LGBT seniors into the operations of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

California: Lowe’s to pay $18M to resolve environmental violations case

SAN DIEGO -- Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to an $18.1 million settlement for environmental violations across California.

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis said today that the Environmental Protection Unit, working with 31 other state District Attorneys and two city attorneys, obtained the settlement against the North Carolina-based company.

Foes of California's transgender rights law revive ballot fight

Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools are challenging the secretary of state's finding that they failed to gather enough voter signatures for a referendum to repeal the law.

The Pacific Justice Institute, a Christian legal group, announced Tuesday that it has filed papers in Sacramento Superior Court seeking a court order that would compel Secretary of State Debra Bowen to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

New group splits from Lesbian Center, leaving WeHo with two groups

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- What the L?

Efforts to inject a little more L power into West Hollywood’s LGBT alphabet have given rise to two local lesbian organizations, both in the early stages of organizing.

Some of those previously involved in The Lesbian Center (TLC) have left that organization to launch a separate organization, dubbed The L Project. Leaders of both groups said that differing priorities led to the split.
The two groups have divided the $5,000 raised at last year’s Wonder Woman party, which was billed as a kickoff event for the Lesbian Center.

Another challenge to California's transgender law

SAN DIEGO -- Opponents of a new law that allows transgender students a choice of which restroom and locker room to use are scouring thousands of signatures that were tossed out in San Diego County and elsewhere, hoping to uncover enough evidence to prove that their referendum should be placed on the November ballot.

But it will not be easy. They must painstakingly double-check each signature for any hint that county elections officials erred. Statewide, nearly 132,000 were disqualified while about 487,500 were found to be valid.

Shocking! Discriminatory "religious freedom" bill introduced in California | UPDATED!

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Believe it or not, a “religious freedom” bill has been quietly introduced in the California Assembly, but its fate would appear doomed from the start in a blue state where Democrats control all branches of government.

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, who represents California’s Assembly District 34 and maintains an office in Bakersfield, introduced Assembly Bill 2237 on Feb. 21 with little fanfare.

The Republican lawmaker wants to amend the Unruh Civil Rights Act to grant an exception for religion.

EQCA: 7 bills that would ensure equality from birth to death

SACRAMENTO -- Equality California announced today its sponsorship of seven bills for the 2014 legislative session that would improve equality for LGBT Californians from cradle to grave.

“These bills touch on every aspect of life, from birth through school, doctor’s visits, marriage, even respect after death — all the major milestones of life,” said John O’Connor, EQCA executive director. “With this package of bills, we’re moving from a focus on marriage equality to full equality.”

Equality California’s bills would:

California bill would ban "gay panic" defense for murder defendants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla and Equality California are partnering to introduce legislation to end the use of the "gay panic" or "trans panic" defense strategy.

The tactic is used by defendants charged with murder who attempt to mitigate their crimes by claiming their violent acts were triggered by the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity.

There have been several high-profile cases over the past 10 years where "gay panic" defenses were used, including the murders of LGBT teens Gwen Araujo in Newark, Calif. and Larry King in Oxnard, Calif.

BREAKING! Bid to overturn California's transgender law fails

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Anti-gay, anti-trans hate groups have failed in their attempt to place a referendum on the November ballot with the goal of overturning California's trailblazing law that protect transgender students from discrimination.

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