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Woohoo! Assembly Passes Calif. Gay Marriage Bill

“Today in California, love conquered fear, principle conquered politics and equality conquered injustice.”

— Geoffrey Kors, Executive Director of Equality California following the landmark vote reports that the CA bill passed the Assembly and now it goes to the Governator — will he sign it?

Second time a charm. The California Assembly passed legislation Tuesday night to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Gay and lesbian couples crowded into the legislature early this morning to see the historic vote. It was put off twice during the day when backers did not think they had enough votes. Finally, late Tuesday evening, when it looked as though it could pass the measure was put forward.

The bill passed by the slimmest of margins – one vote.

…”Do what we know is in our hearts,” he said. “Make sure all California families will have the same protection under the law,” Leno implored the Assembly during the debate.

Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, called bans on gay marriage “the last frontier of bigotry and discrimination, and it’s time we put an end to it.” Assemblyman Tom Umberg, a Santa Ana Democrat who abstained when another gay marriage bill fell four votes short in June, said he was concerned about what his three children would think of him if he didn’t join those “who sought to take a leadership role in terms of tolerance, equality and fairness.”

Called the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, the bill would require local clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples but allow people opposed to gay marriage to refuse to conduct weddings.

[Geoffrey Kors, Executive Director of Equality California:] “For the first time in our nation’s history, the people’s elected representatives have taken a stand to protect all families and ensure equality for all. We are counting on Governor Schwarzenegger to lift the burden of discrimination from hundreds of thousands of California families by becoming the first governor in the nation to sign legislation ending discrimination against same-sex couples obtaining a civil marriage license. His legacy will in large part be based on whether he signs or vetoes this historic civil rights legislation.”

CA wingnut media whore, Randy Thomasson.
Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families, the local AmTaliban creep, is likely crying into his glass of fortified milk today; he’s heading the charge to get a marriage amendment on the ballot. His first response to the news, on the Governator’s choice — “He’ll actually become a hero to the majority of Californians when he vetoes it. The ‘Terminator’ should announce without delay that this bill is dead meat.”

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