SACRAMENTO, CA — (02-16-23) — California lawmakers will attempt to enshrine marriage equality in the state’s constitution. The effort being spear headed by state senator Scott Wiener and Assembly Member Evan Low of Silicon Valley, comes 15 years after a voter-approved initiative, Proposition 8, which banned the state from recognizing same-sex marriages.
While the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California back in 2013, the state’s constitutional amendment is still on the books.
But with the conservative packed U.S. Supreme possibly revisiting the landmark 2015 decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide, the state wants to enshrine same-sex marriage into its constitution.
“It’s absolute poison, it is so destructive and it’s humiliating that this is in our constitution,” said Scott Wiener, a state senator who represents San Francisco.
Both Democrats and members of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, introduced legislation Tuesday to rescind Proposition 8. The measure still needs to be approved in the Legislature by a two-thirds vote, and then it will ultimately fall to voters to decide via a referendum.
As expected, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his support for the repeal of Proposition 8.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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