Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EQCA Statement on "Sodomite Suppression Act"

Statement from Equality California on the Proposed Anti-LGBT Ballot Initiative

LOS ANGELES - Equality California released the following statement regarding the proposed anti-LGBT ballot initiative, the “Sodomite Suppression Act”, and Attorney General Kamala Harris’ decision to seek judicial authorization to not issue a title and summary.

“We commend Attorney General Kamala Harris for asking the court to allow California to reject this inflammatory and unconstitutional ballot measure,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “As we indicated in our earlier statement, this proposed ballot initiative is grossly out of step with the attitudes and beliefs of the people of California. While we do not believe that this offensive measure will have sufficient support to qualify for the ballot, it points to the need to review and reform the ballot initiative process. As evidenced by Propositions 8, 22, and 187, California’s ballot initiative process has been used in the past to restrict the civil rights of the LGBT community and the diverse communities that we are a part of. We look forward to working with Attorney General Harris, policymakers, and members of the legislature to review the ballot initiative process and implement reforms to assure that public resources are not wasted on measures that clearly violate the law or Californians’ constitutional rights.”
Equality California is California's largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization focused on creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals.

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