LGBT Activists Jeff Zarrillo & Paul Katami Endorse Ardy Kassakhian for Assembly

Ardy Kassakhian today announced that LGBT activists Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo have endorsed his campaign for Assembly District 43. The couple, who live in Burbank, was at the center of the landmark lawsuit against Prop. 8. This proposition eliminated same-sex couples’ freedom to marry in California. After the case prevailed before the Supreme Court, Katami & Zarrillo were married on June 28, 2013 at Los Angeles City Hall by Mayor Antonio Villariagosa. In their statement of support, Katami & Zarrillo said: “We support Ardy Kassakhian for State Assembly because we know he will continue to fight for equality for all Californians. He will stand up to those who will try to turn back the clock on us and relegate our LGBT community to second class citizens. Ardy Kassakhian builds bridges, leads by example and understands the importance of this struggle. We’ve come too far and we need Ardy Kassakhian’s leadership in Sacramento.”

For Immediate Release
April 4, 2016

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LGBT ACTIVISTS JEFF ZARRILLO & PAUL KATAMI ENDORSE ARDY KASSAKHIAN FOR ASSEMBLY

Couple at the center of case against Prop. 8 picks Kassakhian to be their next Assemblymember

GLENDALE – Ardy Kassakhian today announced that LGBT activists Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo have endorsed his campaign for Assembly District 43. The couple, who live in Burbank, was at the center of the landmark lawsuit against Prop. 8. This proposition eliminated same-sex couples’ freedom to marry in California. After the case prevailed before the Supreme Court, Katami & Zarrillo were married on June 28, 2013 at Los Angeles City Hall by Mayor Antonio Villariagosa.

In their statement of support, Katami & Zarrillo said: “We support Ardy Kassakhian for State Assembly because we know he will continue to fight for equality for all Californians. He will stand up to those who will try to turn back the clock on us and relegate our LGBT community to second class citizens. Ardy Kassakhian builds bridges, leads by example and understands the importance of this struggle. We’ve come too far and we need Ardy Kassakhian’s leadership in Sacramento.”

The announcement by Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo comes on the heels of the Stonewall Young Democrats’ vote to support Kassakhian, and follows the powerful endorsement from John A. Pérez who made history by becoming the first openly LGBT Speaker of the California State Assembly. Kassakhian also received an early endorsement from former Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg, who was a founding member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus.

The official candidate of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, Ardy Kassakhian has demonstrated broad community support. Since launching his campaign last year, he has raised more than $470,000 and received endorsements from State Treasurer John Chiang, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Congressman Brad Sherman, Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, and Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer (Ret.). 

About Ardy Kassakhian

Ardy Kassakhian grew up and attended public schools in Glendale. He was first elected Glendale City Clerk in 2005. As Clerk, he has reduced government waste by introducing environmentally sound practices, made election information easier to access and worked to increase voter participation. Ardy graduated from UCLA and the Executive Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives with his wife Courtney and their young son in Glendale.

Ardy Kassakhian is running to represent Assembly District 43, which includes the communities of Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The primary election will be held on June 7, 2016. To learn more about Ardy Kassakhian, visit his website at www.ArdyforAssembly.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.