SACRAMENTO, September 7, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As recently as August 2004, the California Supreme Court was nullifying homosexual partnerings that had been recognized illegally in San Francisco. The Court’s argument was that state law defined marriage as the exclusive union of a man and a woman. As of this week, however, that statute will no longer stand in the way of homosexual activists working to abolish traditional marriage.
California lawmakers became the first to pass a full-fledged homosexual “marriage” law yesterday, after the Assembly confirmed 41-35 the bill passed in the Senate last Thursday. Gov. Schwarzenegger now has 30 days to veto the bill, which redefines marriage as “between two people” rather than “one man and one woman.” If he does nothing, it will automatically become law.
In June, the California Assembly had narrowly rejected the bill in a 21-15 vote. The only other state that recognizes homosexual unions is Massachusetts and that move was made by court order overturning the existing law.
Now pro-family groups are looking to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto the bill since he has seen the majority opposition to the proposal and has himself voiced objection to homosexual ‘marriage’.Â In 2000 61% of Californians voted to support Proposition 22 – the Defense of Marriage Act.ÂÂ While supporting gay domestic partnerings, Schwarzenegger said in a 2003 interview, “I think … marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.”
“We are now calling on Governor Schwarzenegger to do what he said he’d do and represent the people of California,” said Karen England of Capitol Resource Institute.Â“The governor is the last hope of the people because the legislature has completely disregarded their votes.’Â Bill May, Chairman of Catholics for the Common Good said his organization “strongly urges Governor Schwarzenegger, as a father and husband, to veto AB 849 and protect marriage and the family for this generations and those to come.”
Concerned Women for America commented, “Arnold, it’s time to show some muscle.”
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