State Senate Makes Historic Vote

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 1, 2005

Calling it a civil rights issue, supporters in the state Senate said allowing marriage for same sex couples is the right thing to do. Several lawmakers on both sides invoked God and the Bible, including Republican Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, who spoke against the measure. 

 “I don’t think there’s a member in this chamber who doesn’t somewhere, either readily on the surface or somewhere deep down inside know that this is not the right thing to do. And you have to ask where does that come from?  And I believe that comes from a higher power.” 

The Senate approved it, 21-to-15, but the battle ahead is in the state Assembly.  That’s where Democratic Assemblyman Mark Leno’s bill failed earlier this year. He needs 41 votes. 

 “We’re working with the undecided members, that will come to a vote and I think when the moment comes we’ll find our 41st vote.” 

Governor Schwarzenegger has said the issue should be settled by the courts or by initiative.