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Oct, 2007

Asian American Leaders Condemn The Governor’s Veto Of Marriage Equality Bill Struggle For Marriage Equality Continues

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Asian American community leaders and organizations expressed strong disappointment today in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of AB 43, legislation that would have given same-sex couples the ability to marry. Authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California (EQCA), the bill was passed by even wider margins in both the California State Assembly and Senate this year than a similar bill that was sent to the Governor’s desk in 2004. “Each of us deserves the same opportunities to realize our hopes and dreams,” says Marshall Wong, Co-Chair […]

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Sep, 2007

Unprecedented Coaliton Of Over 60 Asian American Organizations File Legal Brief Supporting Equal Marriage Rights In California

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A team of Asian American attorneys and advocates in Los Angeles and San Francisco announced today that a coalition of over 60 local, state, and national Asian American organizations will be filing a legal brief in support of equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. The amicus (“friend of the court”) brief is being filed in the consolidated California Marriage Cases, currently pending before the California Supreme Court. The California Marriage Cases are historic lawsuits urging the California courts to end the exclusion of loving and committed same-sex couples […]

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Sep, 2007

Asian American Community Leaders Urge Governor To Sign Marriage Equality Bill

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Rallies To Be Held Tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 18) Throughout California In Support Of Ab 43 Asian American community leaders are urging Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign AB 43 (Leno), legislation that would grant same-sex couples the ability to marry. California stands poised to be the first state to enact marriage equality through legislative action. Community leaders expressed hope that Governor Schwarzenegger will sign the bill, and not veto it as he did to a similar bill in 2005. AB 43 was passed by the State Assembly and Senate, and requires […]

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Jul, 2007

California Court to Hear Arguments in Marriage Equality Lawsuits for Same-Sex Couples

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Ruling on Marriage Equality Cases Led by API Plaintiffs Would Impact Thousands of API Families in the State The California Court of Appeal will hear oral arguments on July 10 at 9:00AM at the State Building (350 McAllister) in the historic marriage equality lawsuits entitled Woo v Lockyer, et al. A press conference featuring plaintiffs and lawyers in the suits will be held beforehand at 8:00AM in Room 305 at City Hall. Asian and Pacific Islanders for Equality (API Equality), a statewide organization committed to obtaining equal marriage rights for […]

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May, 2007

First-Ever Asian and Pacific Islander Townhall on Marriage Equality

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What: We Do, Too: APIs & the Marriage Equality Debate is a panel and community townhall that brings together diverse Asian/Pacific Islander (API) community representatives to address the implications of the marriage equality debate on the API community. A reception immediately follows the program. This event is free and open to the public. Where: National Center for the Preservation of Democracy 111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 When: Thursday, May 17, 2007, 7 PM Who: Presenters include: – Reverend Mark Nakagawa, senior minister of Centenary United Methodist Church […]

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Feb, 2007

Lesbian and Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Organizations Mark 2nd Anniversary of Participation in Los Angeles Chinatown New Year’s Parade

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On Saturday, February 24, 2007, nearly 80 members, supporters and allies of API Equality-LA celebrated their second anniversary of participating in the 2007 Golden Dragon Parade in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, one of the city’s most popular community events. Saturday marked only the second time in the parade’s 108-year history that a contingent representing and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community has participated in the parade. Kicked off with a performance by spoken word artist Alison de la Cruz, the API […]

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Dec, 2006

Asian Pacific Americans Support Re-Introduction of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act

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Polls Reveal Strong Support for Marriage Equality Amongst California’s Asian Pacific American Voters Asian Pacific American civil rights organizations and advocates of marriage equality hailed the introduction of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, on December 4th. This legislation seeks to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the social support and legal protections that come with it. According to a recent poll conducted by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California and the Asian Law Caucus in […]

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Oct, 2006

API Equality-LA Condemns Court of Appeals For Failing to Protect Marriage Equality

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In a sharply divided decision (2-1), the California Court of Appeal ruled that the state may continue to bar same-sex couples from marriage. API Equality-LA, a coalition of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community organizations that advocates for marriage equality, strongly disagrees with the Court of Appeal’s decision. The majority opinion – which will be appealed to the California Supreme Court – refuses to extend marriage equality rights to lesbians and gay men, deferring to the state legislature and voters to determine marriage equality. In a 51-page dissent, Justice Anthony […]

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Feb, 2006

Gay and Lesbian Asian Groups March in Lunar New Year Parade For First Time

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On February 4, a pro-gay and lesbian rights contingent joined the annual Los Angeles Chinatown lunar new year parade for the first time in its 107 year history. The contingent was organized by API Equality – L.A., a coalition working in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities for equal marriage rights for same sex couples, and API Pride Council, a coalition that supports LGBT people within the API community. More than sixty participants wearing red (the traditional color of the lunar new year) marched, carried banners and greeted thousands of […]

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Jan, 2006

Religious and Civil Rights Groups Support Same-Sex Couples in Legal Battle to Marry

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NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, California Council of Churches, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and National Black Justice Coalition Are Among Groups Filing Briefs in Landmark California Court of Appeal Case In eight amicus briefs filed Monday with the California Court of Appeal, more than more than 250 religious and civil rights organizations urged the court to put an end to state laws that deny same-sex couples the protections of marriage. The Court is hearing the State’s appeal of the March 2005 decision by San Francisco Superior […]

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Nov, 2005

API Equality-LA Announced Their Formation With Overwhelming Community Support

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In response to attacks on domestic partnership and restrictions on same-sex marriage, API Equality-LA, a new coalition of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) individuals and organizations, formed to advance marriage equality rights. API Equality-LA includes both lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations as well as groups that serve the API community more broadly, including civil rights, advocacy and social service agencies. At a press conference held at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, API Equality-LA co-chair Tawal Panyacosit said, “We are part of a statewide coalition of organizations and […]

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