Calif. Assembly OKs
By AP from the
NYTimes on the Web, June 6, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The
state Assembly voted Tuesday to allow same-sex couples to marry, challenging
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has said he will veto the bill if it passes the
Legislators approved the measure on a party-line vote of 42-34, with the
majority saying lawmakers should not to wait for the state Supreme Court to act
on the issue.
A debate about California's one man-one woman marriage law of 1977 is likely to
be decided this year or early next year by the high court.
The bill now goes to the Senate, which adopted a similar measure in 2005.
Schwarzenegger vetoed it.
California in 2003 recognized domestic partners, creating a registry that
affords same-sex couples many of the rights given to married couples.
Massachusetts is the only state that allows same-sex couples to marry.
Several states have or plan to enact laws allowing either civil unions or