Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Breaking News: Assembly Passes Gay Marriage Bill
7:31pm: CMC alum and Assembly Member Salinas (D-Salinas) was a surprise "aye" on Leno's AB 849: Gender-Neutral Marriage bill, which passed 41-35.
The bill, having now passed both houses of the California Legislature, goes to the governor for his approval. It should be interesting to watch the Horseshoe's reaction, given his low approval ratings, voter views on the special election, and Californian's views on gay marriage generally. Whether he picks up the pen or not, he'll be a hero to some contingent or another. We'll just have to wait to find out which on which constituency he places his political bet.
Of course, in a perfect world, he'd just do the right thing. But, I hope by this point, it is clear that Governor Schwarzenegger is just as human as the next politician.
Good job, Assembly.
And, as ever, Go Stags.
Update: The Chron covers the story. Note their time stamp is later than mine. Woo! I know, no one will no I was one of the first to post. Plus there are likely other bloggers out there who posted fast too. But I'm still proud of my speed-fingers. And, for what it's worth, here's the most recent Field Poll I could find on the question of same-sex marriage.
[Thanks to reader and capitol insider CS for the vote screen shot.]