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Thursday, December 30, 2010

2011 Law Changes for California's LGBT Community

Thanks to Equality California, there are four new pieces of lesgialation that will help LGBT Californians in the New Year. All four will go into effect on January 1st, 2011.

  1. SB 543, authored by Senator Mark Leno, will allow LGBT youth to access mental health services without their parents' consent, ensuring they get the care that they need when they need it, without having to come out to their parents first.
  2. AB 2199, authored by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, repeals the reprehensible requirement that California seek the “causes and cures of homosexuality.”
  3. AB 2700, authored by Assemblymember Fiona Ma, will allow same-sex couples who are both domestic partners and married to dissolve their partnership and their marriage with the same process if they choose to separate.
  4. AB 2055, authored by Assemblymember Hector De La Torre, will grant same-sex couples who are about to enter into a domestic partnership the same unemployment benefits as opposite-sex couples who are about to wed.

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