Wednesday, July 9, 2014
“Husband” and “wife” have been deleted from California’s marriage law under a bill signed into law Monday by Governor Jerry Brown. The terms will be replaced with “spouse” in an effort to accommodate same-sex marriage, which became legal in the state last year. The bill takes effect January 1st and reflects the legality of gay marriage after a decade of litigation. The law further removes limits on recognizing same-sex marriages performed out of state.
See California Governor Signs Bill Replacing Words ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ in State Law, Fox News, July 7, 2014.