BREAKING NEWS ~ California Assembly passes bill to legalize same-sex marriage

BREAKING NEWS ~ California Assembly passes bill to legalize same-sex marriage

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the California Assembly has narrowly passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. AB 849, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act [Equality California materials] was approved by the state Senate [JURIST report] last Thursday, and now goes to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his signature, although it's not yet clear whether he will sign it or not. The bill, if signed into law, would be the first state law to legalize same-sex marriage and not just civil unions; same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, but that was the result of a judicial decision. Gay rights group Equality California has issued a press release on the Assembly bill passage. Gay 365.com has more.