Caught Offguard

Friday, September 02, 2005

Caught Offguard

I've been so preoccupied with other news that I didn't even know this vote was coming.
Calif. Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill
Move Is the First by a State Legislative Body Without a Court Order

By Joe Dignan and Amy Argetsinger
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, September 2, 2005; Page A02

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 1 -- The California Senate voted Thursday to allow gay couples to wed, becoming the first legislative body in the nation to approve same-sex marriage without a court order.

The bill would recast the state's legal definition of marriage as a union between two people rather than one between a man and a woman.

Yet it faces an uncertain future: The California Assembly narrowly rejected similar legislation in June, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has given mixed or ambiguous responses on whether he would support or veto such a bill.

Still, its passage, on a vote of 21 to 15, was hailed by advocates as a breakthrough for gay rights.

"It will totally take away the argument that it is just 'activist judges' who are finding for marriage nondiscrimination," said Geoff Kors, the head of Equality California. "It's the people's representatives in the largest state in the nation doing this."
Wow. I guess the new anti-marriage equality buzzword will be "activist legislators"?

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