LGBTI Bills Move Forward in California Legislature

By Boyce Hinman
May 28 was an important deadline for state legislation of importance to the LGBTI community, as all bills must have been approved by all necessary committees, in their house of origin, by that date.

For example, all bills introduced in the state Assembly this year must have been sent to the floor of the Assembly by that date. Senate bills had to be to the Senate floor by May 28. Any bills that did not make that deadline died on the cutting room floor. The two following bills made it to the Assembly or Senate floors just  in time.

AB 2055 - Allows a person, who is about to register as a domestic partner, to qualify for unemployment insurance if he or she quits a job, and moves to another city, to move in with his or her soon to be domestic partner. People who are about to marry have had this right for several years.

SB 1300 - Allows schools to provide teen dating violence prevention education appropriate for, among other things, students of all sexual orientations or gender identities.

The next crucial deadline for these bills is June 4. They must be approved by their full house of origin by that date (after this article was submitted) or they are dead.

The following LGBTI bills failed to make it out of their committees on time.

AB 1878 - Would have required state agencies to collect demographic information on their clients, including allowing clients who wished to to indicate their sexual orientation, gender identity, and domestic partner status.

AB 2735 - Would have prohibited a property tax increase on the home of a same sex couple, even if the couple never married or registered as domestic partners, when one of them dies.

The following LGBTI bills were approved by their first house and are awaiting action in the other house of the state legislature.   

AB 2199 - Overturns law requiring the state to seek the causes and cure for homosexuality.

AB 2700 - Allows couples who are both married and registered as domestic partners, but who break up, to end their marriage and domestic partnership in one court process.

AJR 15 - Urges Congress to allow foreign born domestic partners of American citizens to come to this country.

AJR 19 - Urges Congress to allow federal recognition of same sex marriages.

AJR 29 - Urges Congress to allow same sex couples to each report half the couples income on their individual federal income tax returns.

SB 906 - Says religious organizations will not lose their tax exempt status for refusing to solemnize a same sex marriage.

SJR 9 has completed the whole legislative process. It asks Congress to end Dont Ask, Dont Tell.

You can follow the progress of these and other LGBTI bills by directing your browser to: and then clicking on LGBTI Issues on the left side of the resulting page.

Boyce Hinman can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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