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Same-sex marriage bill last day on Friday before Senate

A bill to remove the words ‘one man and one woman’ to ‘two persons’ from state marriage law
( [email protected] ) Jun 03, 2005 03:38 PM EDT

The same-sex marriage bill AB 19 that to legalize same-sex marriage in California failed for approval by four voted last Thursday Night in The Assembly. This was the second time failed in The Assembly, the last oppotunity will be on Friday if to pass on to the Senate

The same-sex marriage bill AB 19 is a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of California by removing the state marriage law the words ‘one man and one woman’ to ‘two persons’ Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said.

Leno said, “If this body can't pass AB19, it should clarify its position and say we do believe that gay and lesbian couples are second-class citizens,"

The destination of Leno's bill was undecided. After two days that the bill voted short for four for 41-vote majority to pass the bill after it was second posted in the Assembly on Thursday Night and six voted lacked for first post on Wednesday Evening.


According to VoteYesMarriage.com stated, ‘Marriage between a man and a woman is good and natural -- even sacred. Since the beginning of time, marriage has been the foundation of family and society. You need a man and a woman to further our civilization by bringing children into the world.’

The 41-year-old Ramona Gattos and 31-year-old Orzu who has a long friendship with Leno, were proving only part of the statement. They stand before the politicians and ask of their 17-year-old daughter. ‘Is this child less equal than another child? Does this child's family deserve to be treated differently from another?"

The Gattos were awaiting beyond the Assembly chamber to try to persuade any undecided members they possibly could. An initial vote showed the bill several votes short, but the Gattos, gay-rights lobbyists and Leno still have hours to prepare for the last ballot.

The issue of same-sex marriage has been an ongoing source of controversy in California for the past decade.

In 2000, voters passed Proposition 22, the Protection of Marriage Initiative that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

In March 2005, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer ruled that the state ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Just this week, State Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed an appeal on Kramer’s ruling, which has been stayed during the appeals process.

In May, a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the state failed to pass the legislative committee. In response, pro-family groups joined together to launch VoteYesMarriage.com. The group filed the Voters’ Right to Protect Marriage Initiative on May 19, seeking to put the constitutional amendment on the next statewide ballot.

Randy Thomasson, President of Campaign for Children and Families and one of the organizers of VoteYesMarriage.com, commented on the need for a constitutional marriage amendment in California.

“The Voters' Right to Protect Marriage Initiative will provide true protection to marriage for a man and a woman, recognizing it as a very special institution that deserves the highest honor," said Thomasson.

Thomasson stated that the initiative will reaffirm the will of California voters for the protection of marriage by giving strength to the language of Proposition 22.

“The only way to save marriage for a man and a woman is to give it rock-solid protection in the state constitution,” said Thomasson.

Gay-rights groups responded to the initiative and announced a campaign to raise a million dollars to fight the proposed marriage amendment.

As in many states, the issue of same-sex marriage continues to spark debate. Yet, California is one of the few states with a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. So far, only Massachusetts recognizes same-sex marriage and Vermont and Connecticut recognize civil unions.

The Passage of AB 19, which must be completed by Friday if the bill is to reach the Senate, would make California the first to legalize same-sex marriage without a court order.