Leno marriage equality bill approved
by assembly judiciary committee
Assemblymember Mark Leno (file photo)
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
April 10, 2007
Supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage in California are
celebrating today after the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed
a bill that amends the definition of marriage.
Assembly Bill 43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection
Act, passed today with a 7-3 vote.
AB43 seeks to amend a section of the Family Code to define marriage
as a civil contract between two people - instead of between a
man and a woman. The bill also reaffirms that no religious institution
would ever be required to solemnize marriages contrary to its
Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, authored the bill along
with 29 assembly members and 14 state senators.
"Our march toward marriage equality continues with another
victory today," Leno said in a written statement. "We
will not stop until all citizens are afforded their constitutional
right to marry the person they love and raise their families with
the respect, dignity and validation which are their birthright."
The measure is sponsored by Equality California, a statewide
civil rights organization that fights discrimination based on
"Two people in a committed, trusting relationship deserve
the honor and social support that comes with marriage," Equality
California Executive Director Geoff Kors said in a statement today.
"Denying someone the opportunity to marry the person he or
she loves hurts couples and families that are dedicated to building
their lives together."
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