Legislation updates California marriage laws

By July 01, 2014

SACRAMENTO — California’s family laws would reflect the legality of same-sex marriage under a bill headed to the governor’s desk.

SB1306 passed the state Assembly on a 51-11 vote Monday.

The bill removes language from the family code that says marriage must be “between a man and a woman” and substitutes gender-neutral language throughout. The bill also would remove limits on recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco says his bill brings California law in line with court rulings allowing same-sex marriage to resume last year.

The California Supreme Court struck down language limiting marriage to heterosexuals in 2008. Voters responded with Proposition 8 amending the state constitution, but a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld that ruling in 2013.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • patrickJuly 01, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Another instance of government ignoring the will of the voters. I see the day voters will no longer be necessary.

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  • JimboJuly 01, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    Except latest polls put the lowest support taken for same sex marriage at 55%. The tantruming bigoted prefer to only stay stuck in the past when their self serving special rights for themself beliefs were relevant.

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