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September 07, 2005

Gay Marriage Bill Passes in CA

In 2000, 61 percent of California voters pass Proposition 22, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. Yesterday, California Democrats overturned Proposition 22, narrowly approving AB 849.

Read the San Francisco Chronicle and San Diego Union Tribune articles. If you are a CA resident register your voice with the Governor Schwarzeneger and let him know where you stand.

Posted by Rick at September 7, 2005 08:47 AM

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the strategy to circumvent the will of over 61% of the people (those who cared enough about the issue to vote) is obvious: throw it to the state courts (ultimately the CA Supreme Court) and look for a decision labeling Prop 22 as unconsitutional...that would eliminate all impediments to recognizing same sex marriage in California unless the U.S. Supreme Court becomes involved...oh, by the way, the next event will be a same-sex couple married in California moving to a state that does not recognize same sex marriage and demanding recognition under the "full faith and credit clause" of the federal Constitution...that would raise the issue of the constitutionality of the DMA (defense of marriage act)'s all very well thought out...

Posted by: ric ottaiano at September 7, 2005 10:59 AM

ric, they don't need a SupCt ruling to overturn Prop 22. Prop 22 was not a State Constitutional Amendment. It merely changed the law to specifically define marriage as being between a man and woman. AB 849, passed yesterday, reverses Prop 22. No court needed!

Posted by: anonymous at September 7, 2005 11:30 AM

you're right, but my point concerns what will happen when (?) Arnold vetoes the bill...

Posted by: ric ottaiano at September 7, 2005 11:46 AM