By Gudrun Schultz
CALIFORNIA, United States, March 24, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A majority of California residents have said they do not approve of “marriage” between homosexual couples, despite the state’s reputation for being the most liberal in the Union.
According to a recent Field poll, reported by Angus Reid Globan Scan, over half (51%) of Californians said they disapproved of a state law that would permit homosexuals to marry members of their own sex. 43% of respondents said they would approve of such a law.
When gay civil unions were brought into question, Californians were split three ways on where they stood. 32% said there should be no legal recognition of homosexual relationships, 32% said gays should not be allowed to marry, but they should be allowed to form civil unions or domestic partnerships, and 32% were in favour of legal marriages between homosexuals.
Presently in California, gay couples have the same legal rights as married couples under a law defining domestic partnerships, with the exception of filing joint income tax returns.
In 2000, California voters strongly ratified Proposition 22, the Defence of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as only between one man and one woman.Â A 61.4% majority voted in favour of the Act.
The California Senate passed a bill last September that redefined marriage as between two persons, opening the door for gay “marriage,” in total disregard of the 2000 statewide vote.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to ratify the bill, saying he would not ignore the expressed wishes of the people, but he said he would be open to the redefinition of the law by the courts. Gov. Schwarzenegger has been openly supportive of homosexuals’ demands for legal recognition in the past.
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