“The fight for equality is not over. Far from it.”
— Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
California Democrats led the fight for marriage equality, and it is now the law of the land. But LGBT families and students still have a long way to go to achieve full equality.
- Then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, and California Democrats passed a freedom to marry bill in 2005. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill.
- California Democrats opposed Proposition 8 in 2008, sparking a drive for equality that led to the California Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court decisions to make marriage equality the law of the land.
- California Democrats support federal workplace protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
- We support nondiscrimination for the LGBT community in all aspects of their lives, including housing, employment, healthcare, family and adoption.
Dems Lead: As a member of the California Assembly, John Burton introduced a bill to allow marriage equality in 1991, one of the first in the nation. The next year California Democrats passed a bill banning discrimination against sexual orientation in hiring that was signed into law.