The decision by the California Supreme Court that same sex couples have the same right to marry as anybody else makes California the first state in the Union where LGBTQ people are treated fully equal under the law. For example, in Massachusetts, where same sex couples can also marry, there are important transgender protections missing that other states like California have.
LGBTQ Californians have equal rights with legislation in these six important areas:
- Hate Crimes laws that address violent crimes against individuals due to their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
- Laws that forbid discrimination in employment for both private and public employees, and housing, finance, and public accommodations due to sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
- The right to marry a person of the same gender.
- Transgender protections, including issuing a new certificate with the new gender and name (without indicating the prior name or gender).
- Anti-bullying/anti-harassment laws that specifically list sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Allowing LGBTQ people to adopt as singles, and jointly adopt if desired, as well as second-parent adoption.