Calif. officially repeals marriage law that led to Proposition 8
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill into law that officially repealed the state's marriage law which had paved way for the controversial Proposition 8.
In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 8, a law that defined marriage between same-sex couples as illegal by declaring marriage as a civil contract between a man and a woman.
But in May of the same year, California's Supreme Court struck down the law, saying it violated the state's constitution.
The signing of the SB1306 Bill into law by Gov. Brown removed the biased language and recognized all married couples equally, irrespective of their gender. Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), who sponsored the bill, said he was very pleased that the governor recognized the importance of the bill.
Speaking on the topic, Leno said, "This legislation removes outdated and biased language from state codes . I am pleased Gov. Brown has recognized the importance of this bill, which makes it explicitly clear in state law that every loving couple has the right to marry in California."
Despite being ruled by a federal court as "unconstitutional" in 2010, Proposition 8 is still technically part of the state's constitution. In June last year, the United State's Supreme Court dismissed an appeal, and a couple of days later, San Francisco's 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its injunction that had blocked the ruling that it was unconstitutional.
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