The Anthony Portantino for State Senate Campaign is pleased to announce the endorsement of Equality California! Equality California (EQCA) is a civil rights organization that advocates on behalf of the LGBT community in California. It took the leadership role in the NO on Prop 8 campaign in 2008.
"Former California Assembly member and La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Anthony Portantino has a long and stellar history of supporting civil rights protections for the LGBT community. As Assembly member, Portantino was vocal and public in his opposition to Proposition 8, consistently voted in favor of legislation advancing LGBT civil rights, and recruited and mentored out LGBT leaders. He has regularly participated in Pride events and he organized a series of successful HIV summits with City of Hope Hospital."
- California Equality on Anthony Portantino
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Their mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in every LGBT community. Portantino's Republican opponent, Mike Antonovich, is a strong opponent of marriage equality and was a major supporter of Prop 8.
"I am honored that Equality California has endorsed my campaign for the State Senate. As a leading LGBT civil rights organization, EQCA represents a significant and important segment of our community. Marriage equality is just one of many issues where my opponent and I strongly disagree," concluded Portantino.