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Same-sex marriage bill strikes out in California Assembly

[JURIST] A same-sex marriage bill [text] introduced in the California Assembly [JURIST report] appears to be dead after coming up four votes short of approval on its third go-round Thursday, making it likely that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not get a bill on the subject this year. Bill sponsor Assemblyman Mark Leno complained afterwards that gay and lesbian couples were being treated as "second-class citizens". The general issue meanwhile heads to the California Supreme Court, after state Attorney General Bill Lockyer earlier this week appealed [JURIST report] a state Superior Court ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The San Francisco Chronicle has more.

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