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It’s no NY, but CA still mulling same-sex rights

By Josh Richman
Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 9:36 am in Assembly, California State Senate, Jerry Hill, Mark Leno, same-sex marriage.

New York State on Friday enacted a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, and while the California Legislature is somewhat stymied from following suit until courts figure out whether our state constitutional ban on the practice will stand, it is moving on other same-sex equality fronts.

SB 651 by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would eliminate the requirement that couples must live together before entering into a domestic partnership. The state Senate passed this bill June 1 on a 24-15 vote; the Assembly Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear it at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28.

SB 117 by state Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, would require that all state contractors paid more than $100,000 don’t discriminate on the basis of gender or sexual orientation of their employees’ spouses or domestic partners. Current law requires agencies to ensure contractors don’t discriminate between married employees and employees in domestic partnerships when providing benefits, but doesn’t cover same-sex couples who married during the period from when the statutory ban on it was voided by the California Supreme Court in May 2008 until voters approved Proposition 8’s constitutional ban in November 2008. The state Senate approved this bill May 9 on a 21-15 vote; it’s now awaiting an Assembly floor vote.

And AB 1349 by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would clarify that courts can consider the relationship between a child and his or her biological and non-biological parents are when they’re asked to rule on who that child’s legal parents are. Current law lets biological parents sign a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity that can be used to cut off a non-biological parent’s relationship. The Assembly passed this bill May 2 on a 52-22 vote; it’s now awaiting a state Senate floor vote.

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  • Elwood

    I want to marry my lovely sheep Fluffy!

  • John W

    Re #1

    Somehow, we always knew that about you Elwood.

    Personally, I think what happened in New York is great. That aside, the manner in which Gov. Cuomo made this happened with a GOP-controlled Senate is reminiscent of the legislative genius of LBJ. He organized, did his homework, pushed buttons, twisted arms and played some hardball. Some of us would like to see a little more of this from Team Obama.

    Where do I get my “Cuomo in 2016″ bumper sticker?