Davis believes all of us are God's children. He is committed to
defending the rights of all members of the California family.
Opportunity for all Californians: Gay and Lesbians
he took office, the Governor pledged to respect the human rights and
dignity of every Californian. That's exactly what he's done.
He fought for and won some of the strongest civil rights protections in America for CA's gay and lesbian community.
His record defending the rights of gays and lesbians strengthens families and promotes responsibility.
Strengthening Domestic Partnerships
• Gray Davis created America's first statewide domestic partnership registry.
He made California the first state in the nation to extend disability
compensation for individuals who take time off of work to care for a
new child or to care for a sick or injured child, parent, spouse or
• He ended the statewide ban on adoption by unmarried couples.
• He extended health benefits to domestic partners of state employees.
• For the first time California's registered domestic partners are able to:
- Make medical decisions for a partner;
- Use sick leave to care for a partner;
- Receive HMO coverage on a partner's plan;
- Adopt, using the step-parent adoption process;
- Inherit partner's property if a partner dies without a will;
- Make decisions on death and burial issues;
- Recover damages for the wrongful death of a partner;
- And enjoy a host of other rights, including child custody and
visitation rights, employee benefits, title or transfer of real or
personal property, and financial support and access to housing rights.
Governor Davis won a 20-year fight to ban discrimination on the basis
of sexual orientation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
• He ended the court-sanctioned practice of discrimination against gays and lesbians during jury selection.
• He signed legislation to protect our schoolchildren from discrimination.
Fighting Hate Crime
Governor has made the nation's toughest hate crimes laws even tougher
by making hate-motivated murder punishable by the maximum penalties
available under the law, life imprisonment and the death penalty.
• Under Governor Davis, HIV/AIDS research and treatment programs have been funded at their highest level ever.
In 2003, the Davis Administration implemented a pilot program for rapid
HIV testing so patients can get results almost instantaneously, rather
than waiting two weeks.
• The Governor signed into law
California's HIV non-name reporting system, which recorded 20,943 HIV
cases in its first year of operation.
• Governor Davis signed
first-of-its-kind legislation that allows workers with HIV/AIDS to
return to work without losing medical coverage.
• He expanded Medi-Cal coverage to include Californians infected with the HIV virus.
He increased funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, the largest
of its kind in America, providing life-sustaining drug treatment for
• Governor Davis has appointed ten openly gay or lesbian judges to the bench, the first such appointments in more than 16 years.