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September 07, 2005

Referendum? What Referendum?

Gay marriage approved by California Legislature:

In 2000, 61 percent of voters approved Proposition 22, a statute which states that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

Leno's legislation doesn't change Proposition 22, but overturns a law passed by the Legislature in the 1970s that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Leno argues that Proposition 22 should be narrowly interpreted, meaning that it only bans California from recognizing same-sex marriages from out of state, but not from allowing them within California.

Opponents say Proposition 22 applies to all marriages.

Holgate said that if for some reason Schwarzenegger decides to sign the same-sex marriage bill into law, it would be immediately challenged in court. Opponents argue that only the people – not the Legislature – can change a ballot measure approved by voters.


Does anybody else find it ironic that this may eventually be settled by Judicial fiat after all?


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