Kors, Geoff


Geoff Kors is Executive Director of the Equality California PAC, a sponsored committee of Equality California. EQCA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. EQCA is one of the leading statewide LGBT organizations in the country.

LGBT Candidates and Allies Win Big in California

By Geoff Kors
Equality California

Tuesday night’s elections in California were full of victories for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Meg “Civil Unions Are Good Enough” Whitman was defeated by pro-equality Jerry Brown, in spite of the more than $150 million of her personal fortune she poured into her campaign. And this morning Kamala Harris pulled ahead of Steve Cooley in her race for Attorney General, though the race is very close and votes are still being counted. Both Brown and Harris have sworn not to defend Prop. 8 in federal court, so their victories will help to protect the critical ruling by District Court Judge Walker that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. There’s also great news for LGBT candidates and allies, as well as for a couple offices key to our progress over the next several years.

This November, You Can Make History for Marriage Equality

By Geoff Kors
Equality California

If you live in California, you can change the course of history for marriage equality coast to coast.

Every election matters, but this one is monumental. In California, we have a chance to elect a new attorney general and governor who will support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality 100 percent. Who we put into these critical offices will shape the outcome of the battle for equal rights, including the federal trial against Prop. 8.

The attorney general and governor have the power to determine whether our taxpayer dollars will be spent defending Prop. 8 in court or whether the State of California will continue to stand on the side of equality and justice.

Will California's Next Governor and Attorney General Stand Strong Against Prop. 8?

By Geoff Kors
Equality California

Victory is sweet. Last week the U.S. District Court in San Francisco ruled that Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex couples of the freedom to marry, is unconstitutional. We're getting closer by the moment to the day when all loving couples in California will have the same rights, the same responsibilities, the same respect.

We won the first round. The case will now be appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court and possibly all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. We have to keep supporting it as it progresses.

Why November Matters

Who can keep the case on track for a win for equality? You, and two of four people: Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman, Kamala Harris or Steve Cooley.

Yes on 8 Campaign's Fishing Expedition: Why We Must Stand Against Their Hatred

Geoff Kors
Equality California

It's happening again: ProtectMarriage.com and the Yes on 8 campaign are once again harassing organizations that are working to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In the federal case against Proposition 8, they are requesting tens of thousands of unrelated documents from three organizations that were involved in the No on 8 campaign - Equality California, the Northern California American Civil Liberties Union and Californians Against Eliminating Basic Rights, the organization through which celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Steven Spielberg gave to the campaign.

We have been fighting against this request, and we will continue to do so. We are planning to file an appeal. We have to stand up to the opposition's attempts to harass us and pull us away from our mission.

Ashburn Comes Out, Authors Bill to Increase Medical Access for Underserved Rural Communities

By Geoff Kors
Equality California

The California legislature now has its fifth openly gay legislator. Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) came out Monday. Last week Ashburn was arrested for DUI. It has been rumored that he was leaving the popular Sacramento nightclub Faces at the time.

Ashburn has regularly voted against the LGBT community. For five of the past six years he has received a score of zero percent on Equality California's (EQCA) legislative scorecards, and one year he received a 10 percent when he voted for a bill authorizing joint tax filing for domestic partners.

President Obama: stop firing gay service members immediately


By Geoff Kors

Equality California 

During last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama included a brief mention of the ongoing struggle against discrimination that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community continues to face under his watch. 

“This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It’s the right thing to do.” 

I appreciate President Obama reiterating his commitment to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but words do not end discrimination – actions do. We must call on President Obama to immediately cease discharging openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members and to take a stand for equality in the military.

Historic Bills Expanding LGBT Rights and Resources Become Law

By Geoff Kors
Equality California

On January 1, three new pieces of legislation expanding rights and resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community will go into effect in California. Among the new laws, each sponsored by Equality California, include a bill that recognizes the marriage of thousands of same-sex couples regardless of when or where they were married, a bill increasing services to LGBT survivors of domestic violence and a third recognizing the contributions of slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

The Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act, introduced by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), holds that same-sex couples married in any state or nation anytime before the passage of Proposition 8 must be recognized as married spouses in California, regardless of whether they married in California or in another state or nation.