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    CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE A Press Release from the California Alliance for Pride and Equality (CAPE), a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Lobby. ...
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 3, 2001

      A Press Release from the California Alliance for Pride and Equality
      (CAPE), a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Lobby.

      March 1, 2001

      Sacramento, CA March 1st, 2001 - The California Alliance for Pride
      Equality (CAPE) commends Assemblymember Paul Koretz in introducing AB
      1338, the California Family Protection Act of 2001.

      AB 1338 would enable gay and lesbian couples in California to enter
      into a civil union that would provide some of the rights, benefits,
      responsibilities, and obligations currently afforded by the state to
      different-sex couples when they get married.

      CAPE Executive Director Jean Harris said, "AB 1338 will help us move
      closer to California's promise of providing ALL people, not just
      certain groups, of inalienable rights, liberty and equality. It is a
      giant step forward to resolving the inequities and hardships gay and
      lesbian families suffer on a daily basis. We applaud Assemblymember
      Koretz' leadership in carrying this historic piece of legislation."

      Lawmakers who have signed-on as co-authors include Assemblymembers
      Dion Aroner, Wilma Chan, Marco Firebaugh, Jackie Goldberg, Christine
      Kehoe, John Longville, Carole Migden, Virginia Strom-Martin, Herb
      Wesson and Senator Sheila Kuehl.

      AB 1338 was principally drafted by the Lambda Legal Defense and
      Education Fund, working in consultation with numerous lawyers and
      civil rights organizations including the ACLU, the Los Angeles Gay &
      Lesbian Center, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

      "This bill is about California's interest in encouraging close and
      caring families, and promoting stable and lasting family
      relationships. It will give gay and lesbian couples and the children
      we are raising protection from the economic and social consequences
      of major life crises, as well as protect the state and third parties
      from numerous harms and costs," added Harris.

      CAPE stands in coalition with other advocacy, legal, social justice
      and social services organizations in urging the California
      Legislature and the Governor to enact AB 1338 into law. We encourage
      all of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender brothers and
      sisters and allies to work for passage of this historic bill. To
      learn how to join the coalition urging the passage of the California
      Family Protection Act and other measures that promote fairness and
      equality for all Californians, log on to www.calcape.org and join

      The California Alliance for Pride & Equality (CAPE) is a nonprofit,
      nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose
      mission is to ensure the dignity, safety, equality and civil rights
      of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians. CAPE has
      over 200,000 donors, volunteers and supporters in California and is
      the largest and fastest growing statewide LGBT organization in the
      country. For more information, visit CAPE on the Internet at
      http://www.calcape.org and launching in late April


      Please support CAPE by becoming a member:
      California Alliance for Pride and Equality (CAPE)
      P.O. Box 1172, Sacramento, CA 95812-1172
      N. CA Phone: 916-492-6160
      S. CA Phone: 562-439-7304, Fax: 562-439-0734
      E-Mail: Email@..., Web: http://www.calcape.org

      Eric Astacaan, 916-929-6331, eric.astacaan@...
      Lisa M. Belsanti, 323-365-5852, LMBelsanti@...

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