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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, September 3, 2005

California Senate backs same-sex marriage; Assembly next

Passionately invoking the end of slavery, the civil rights movement and Bible scriptures on love, the Democrat-controlled California Senate on Thursday became the first legislative body in the nation to approve a bill allowing gay couples to wed.  “It is a very proud day,'' said the bill's author, Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who hugged and kissed supporters when the bill passed.”`The Senate embraced our common humanity that all of our citizens are created equal. . . . It's historic and it's just the beginning.'' If it becomes law, AB 849 would rewrite California 's definition of marriage as being between "two persons" instead of as a union between "a man and a woman.'' The bill must still pass the Assembly, where it was narrowly defeated in June, before it reaches Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who opposes same-sex marriage but supports domestic partnerships. By: Aaron C. Davis, Mercury News Sacramento Bureau, (last visited September 3, 2005).

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