California legislature passes gay marriage bill...again
(HT: my lovely wife via our church email discussion list) Schwarzenegger will probably veto it. At least the homophobes can't complain about activist judges thwarting the will of the people. (Never mind that sometimes it is a judge's job to enforce the law and the constitution despite the will of the people.)
SACRAMENTO – For the second time in two years, the California Legislature has passed legislation that would grant same-sex couples the ability to marry. With a 22-15 vote, the Senate on September 7 approved AB 43, authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California.
The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act is almost identical to the bill the Legislature passed in 2005. California remains the only state in the nation that has approved marriage for same-sex couples through the legislative process.
With the work of EQCA’s lobbying efforts, Political Action Committee and grassroots volunteers, AB 43 picked up three new votes in the Senate this year from Senators Ducheny, Padilla and Scott. Senators Ducheny and Scott abstained from voting in 2005. The EQCA PAC played a critical role in the 2006 elections to increase the pro-marriage majority in the Legislature.
The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for consideration. The governor must take action on all bills by October 14.