California seeks to protect same-sex marriage rights

Sophie Austin Associate Press/Report for America

SACRAMENTO—California, a U.S. trendsetter in progressive policies and once making the news that its current governor issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco before it was legalized, has The constitution seeks to protect marriage equality.

The effort comes 15 years after a voter-approved initiative, Proposition 8, barred states from recognizing same-sex marriage. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in California. But constitutional reform is still in the works, and proponents of the idea that the 2015 case that legalized gay marriage nationwide could be rehearsed by the Supreme Court are concerned. There is

Senator Scott Weiner, a Democrat representing San Francisco, said, “This is absolute poison, so destructive, and it’s humiliating that this is in our Constitution.

He and Silicon Valley Democratic Rep. Evan Lo on Tuesday introduced legislation to repeal Proposition 8. The bill would have to be approved by a two-thirds vote in Congress before it would eventually be approved by the public. It is left to the voters to decide by voting.

In the days leading up to Proposition 8’s approval, Low joined opponents of the bill outside his alma mater De Anza College in Cupertino, California, calling on voters to reject the proposal. When it passed, it was personal to Low, who is gay.

“Why do fellow Californians hate me?” he said. “Why do they think my rights should be removed?”

California can follow in Nevada’s footsteps by becoming the first state to amend its constitution to ensure same-sex marriage rights in 2020. The issue took on new urgency last year when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the abortion rights established by her Roe v. Wade decision. At the time, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas questioned other high-profile cases and urged the court to reconsider them, including his man who forced states to issue and recognize same-sex marriage. Obergefell v. Hodges was included.

“Future litigation should reconsider all of the substantial due process precedents of this court, including those of Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefel,” wrote Thomas. It mentions two other landmark lawsuits involving decisions to invalidate the law. activity.

In December, President Joe Biden signed into law the Respect for Marriage Act, which requires states to recognize same-sex marriage.

Two California legislators, Wiener and Low, want to replicate the process by which state voters approved a constitutional amendment to guarantee abortion rights in November. It has resumed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and gay marriage has been legalized nationwide, Wiener said.

“When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, it became a fire drill,” he said.

The road to marriage equality in the Golden State has not been smooth. In 2000 voters approved a law banning the recognition of same-sex marriage, but the measure was overturned by a court. Gavin, a Democrat who became mayor of San Francisco in 2004. His Gov. Newsom allowed same-sex couples to marry same-sex couples, which was against the law, a view held by many in his party at the time. It was against In 2005, the California legislature was ahead of all other states when it passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. But then – the government. Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed.

Support for same-sex marriage has grown rapidly since the Obergefel ruling. Mormon groups helped fund a Prop. 8 campaign in California, while The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supported respecting marriage laws.

Tony Hoang, executive director of Equality California, is optimistic that the group can help build a large coalition to support the proposed amendments.

“I know this is going to be a bipartisan campaign,” he said.

Associated Press journalist Terry Cheer of Fremont, California contributed to this report. California seeks to protect same-sex marriage rights

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