LGBT Rights

We believe in equality for LGBT families and students.

“The fight for equality is not over. Far from it.”
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara

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.