Geoff Kors To Leave Equality California

Equality California executive director Geoff Kors revealed today that he’ll be leaving the organization this spring. EQCA spearheaded the unsuccessful attempt to defeat Proposition 8 in 2008. Seth Hemmelgarn at Bay Area Reporter:

Kors, who has been EQCA’s only executive director since it was created in 1998, announced this morning (Friday, December 3) that he’s resigning from the group, effective March 31. The date marks the eve of his ninth anniversary with the state’s biggest LGBT rights organization. “I felt I’m ready to do some different things,” Kors, 49, told the Bay Area Reporter , adding that nine years is a “long tenure” for the leader of a political organization like EQCA. He has yet to decide where he’ll go next and has not applied yet for any other jobs.

Widely criticized for his leadership of the unsuccessful fight to defeat Prop 8 in the fall of 2008, Kors declined to talk about regrets or things he would’ve done differently. Instead, he talked about his accomplishments. He said when he became executive director, there was a staff of two, there was no statewide LGBT political action committee, and California was “a state with very limited rights” for same-sex couples. At the time, couples had less than 15 legal rights and protections, and there are now more than 400. He also pointed to employment and housing protections for transgender people

Read Hemmelgarn’s complete analysis of Kors’ tenure.