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CA gay marriage bill tanks

Oh well. It’s too bad. The vote was close, and seems like it could have passed, if given time to win over more votes next year. The downside is that it gives the bible-beating AmTaliban more time to poison the well.

The California Assembly has passed up a chance to make history. The Assembly narrowly defeated a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in the state. The measure lost by a slim four votes in the 80 seat Assembly.

Even so, nearly a quarter of the Democrats voted with Republicans to reject the bid. It was the second time in two days that the measure was voted down. Activists in the state had hoped the issue would come up for a third vote on Friday, the last day new bills could be considered, but it was not to be.

…”We had people who were adamantly against it last year who were speaking adamantly in favor of it on the floor,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, a supporter of the bill. “This was progress even though it’s not enough.” LGBT activists say they will be back next year to try again.

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