California Assembly Votes No on Same-Sex Marriage
Sacramento, CA –
The vote failed by six votes in the initial roll call on Wednesday and by four votes on the reconsideration roll call on Thursday.
Some challenged the constitutionality of the bill as voters had voted for Prop 22 in 2000 which added language specifying that marriage consisted of a union of one man and one woman. Proponents of the bill argued that Prop 22 only applied to in-state recognition of out-of-state gay marriages, but opponents countered that the voters were opposed to gay marriage.
Efforts are currently under way for a follow-up initiative that will address the issue of in-state marriages.
Currently, Massachusetts is the only state that recognizes same-sex marriage.
For immediate release.