Senate committee passes same sex marriage bill
Bay City News
July 10, 2007
The California Senate Judiciary Committee today voted 3-1 in
favor of legislation that would legalize marriage for same-sex
Assembly Bill 43, also called the Religious Freedom and Civil
Marriage Protection Act, would end the exclusion of same-sex couples
from the protections and responsibilities that come with marriage,
according to Equality California, a nonprofit civil rights group.
The bill was sponsored by Equality California and authored by
Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, the group said.
Assemblymember Mark Leno (file photo)
"Marriage is universally recognized and respected around
the world and for many people is one of life's most significant
milestones," said Geoff Kors, EQCA executive director.
The Assembly passed AB 43 on June 5 with a 42-34 vote, according
to EQCA. Once it passes policy committees in the state Senate,
the bill will go to a vote on the Senate floor.
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