Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

CA Assembly advances marriage bill

The state Assembly on Tuesday, June 5 approved for the second time legislation that would extend marriage to same-sex couples. The bill, AB 43, passed on a 42-34 vote.

It now goes to the Senate, were it is expected to easily win approval. Yet the bill will likely not become law, as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has already pledged to veto it. Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill in 2005.

The bill passed on a party-line vote, with 42 Assembly Democrats voting in favor, up by one vote from 2005 when the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, introduced by Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), first passed out of the Assembly.

This year, two Democrats joined 34 Republicans in opposing the bill, down from four Democrats two years ago.

“The momentum to afford all citizens their fundamental right to marry the person they love grows stronger with today’s pioneering vote,” said Leno. “For the second time in our nation’s history, elected officials of the most populous state in America have embraced the basic human right of all people to marry and raise families as first class citizens under the law.”

The bill is nearly identical to AB 849 of 2005, which was the first proactive marriage equality legislation in the history of the United States to pass both houses of a state legislature. AB 43 would amend Section 300 of the Family Code to define marriage as a civil contract between two persons instead of a civil contract between a man and a woman. The measure, according to Leno, respects one’s religious choice by reaffirming that no religious institution would ever be required to solemnize marriages contrary to its fundamental beliefs.

“The California Assembly has once again affirmed that every Californian deserves the opportunity to marry the person he or she loves,” said Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors, whose group is a lead sponsor of the bill. “Today’s vote shows that support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage is growing. The people of California, through their elected representatives, are speaking on this issue and they are coming down on the side of fairness.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, June 6, 2007 @ 9:44 am PST
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