EQCA Sponsor Bill Barring Deals With Anti-Gay Businesses
California State Senator Christine Kehoe says she wants the state to stop doing business with companies that do NOT provide their employees with domestic partner benefits.
The openly lesbian politician last week introduced Senate Bill 117, which would add a provision to the state’s current equal benefits law. That’s the 2003 law Kehoe authored as an Assemblymember that prohibits discrimination in benefits between employees with spouses and employees with registered domestic partners.
Kehoe tells OutQ News that her main goal as a state lawmaker is to help ALL Californians receive equal rights.
KEHOE: “The fundamental issue with this bill and almost all the bills I’ve done regarding LGBT civil rights is fairness and justice and that every Californian is treated equally.”
Kehoe says she’s proud of the state’s track record on advancing pro-gay rights legislation. And she says she is hopeful that her bill will provide an even playing field for companies wanting to do business with the state.
Senate Bill 117 is backed by gay rights group Equality California. The group’s executive director Geoff Kors said in a statement: “This legislation would ensure fairness and equality for workers and could mean the difference between having access to vital benefits such as health insurance or not.”
Kehoe’s bill is set to have its first policy committee hearing in the next couple of months.