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EQCA Sponsor Bill Barring Deals With Anti-Gay Businesses

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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.


Written by Xorje Olivares

January 26, 2011 at 7:45 AM

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  1. What is the difference between the new bill and the law enacted in 2003, which already bars state contracts with employers that do not offer DP benefits?


    January 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

  2. According to Equality California’s news release, the new law would require all state vendors to offer DP benefits to their employees. The 2003 law simply prohibited any contractors from offering DIFFERENT benefits to employee spouses versus employee domestic partners. So it’s just a slight strengthening of the existing 2003 law.

    Our story could perhaps have been a little clearer on this point, but it’s in there.

    OutQ News staff

    January 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

  3. Will this law apply to CalPERS and make the federal case against it moot?


    January 28, 2011 at 5:14 PM

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