Authored by Assemblymember Richard Pan and co-sponsored by Equality California and Sacramento Valley Veterans, the bill passed with bipartisan support in both chambers. LGBT veterans in California will now be connected with resources to upgrade their discharge status and receive better access to state benefits for themselves and their families such as home loans, college tuition fee waivers and preference for civil service examinations.
Assemblymember Pan said in a statement:
“’Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was repealed because of the growing understanding that not only do our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender military service members have the right to serve openly, but that our country is safer when they do. Making sure these veterans, who have always been an important part of our armed forces, receive the honor and benefits they deserve is an important step towards equality.”