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Love Honor Cherish's new leader vows to fight for marriage equality in California

LOS ANGELES – Eric Harrison is on a mission to achieve marriage equality and he won’t stop until he gets it. Now the 34-year old Los Angeles resident just landed a job that will allow him to focus 100% percent of his time fighting for that goal.

New executive director at EQCA suddenly steps down

SAN FRANCISCO -- Executive Director Roland Palencia has chosen to step down as of Oct. 14, Equality California (EQCA) announced on Monday.

Palencia had been selected to succeed long-time Executive Director Geoff Kors in May. No word yet on a replacement for Palencia, but EQCA says they will release transition plan by the end of this week.

"During his tenure with Equality California, Roland Palencia did important work to build diverse and inclusive coalitions and engage and reconnect our movement," said Cathy Schwamberger, Equality California Institute Board Chair.

EQCA celebrates passage of most comprehensive legislative agenda in its history

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- During the 2011 California Legislative session, which ended Sept. 9, Equality California (EQCA) reported that it sponsored 12 bills which successfully passed.

The organization says that this year's legislative program passed more bills than in any other single year since EQCA's founding in 1998.

Legislation passed this year covered a number of issues, including domestic partnership and family protections, safe schools, transgender anti-discrimination and inclusive education.

THURSDAY: San Diego Democratic Club meeting to discuss threats to FAIR Education Act

SAN DIEGO -- With the passage of SB 48 in July making headlines after anti-gay conservative groups launched a campaign to overturn the new law, the San Diego Democratic Club (SDDC) will discuss threats to the FAIR Education Act at its next monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Upon signing the act on July 13, Gov. Jerry Brown said, “History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books.”

California legislature passes bill strengthening equal benefits law for LGBT workers

SACRAMENTO -- The California state Legislature approved a bill that will bar the State of California from entering into contracts in excess of $100,000 with businesses and other entities that deny equal benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees.

The Equal Benefits bill (SB 117), authored by Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) and sponsored by Equality California, passed with a 22-13 vote.

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Anti-gay Capitol Resource Institute seeks to overturn the FAIR Education Act

SACRAMENTO -- The anti-gay Capitol Resource Institute received approval Tuesday from the State of California to circulate petitions for a referendum on the June 2012 ballot that asks voters to overturn SB 48, the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful) Education Act, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown this month.

The anti-equality group has until mid-October to collect more than 504,000 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.

LETTER TO COMMUNITY: Anti-gay group launches effort to overturn the FAIR act

Dear Friends,

It's disheartening, but not surprising. On Friday, anti-equality advocates submitted paperwork to ask voters to overturn SB 48 -- the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, Respectful) Education Act.

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Adam Lambert, Facebook to be honored at Los Angeles Equality Awards

LOS ANGELES -- Equality California will honor singer and songwriter Adam Lambert, a San Diego native, and Facebook at this year’s annual Los Angeles Equality Awards.

Presented by AT&T, the awards will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

BREAKING NEWS: Equality California names Roland Palencia executive director

SAN FRANCISCO – Roland Palencia, a trailblazing LGBT activist with extensive experience in leading and managing multimillion-dollar non-profit organizations, will serve as the new executive director for Equality California and Equality California Institute.

Palencia will begin his tenure on July 5.

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