New Bill deletes ‘husband’, ‘Wife’ terms from marriage law

New measure deletes ‘husband’, ‘Wife’ terms from Calif.’s marriage law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has finally signed the SB1306 Bill into law, striking down the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The measure has deleted the terms "husband" and "wife" from the state's marriage law, and replaced the terms with the term "spouse" all through state ordinances.

The SB1306 Bill was introduced by homosexual State Senator Mark Leno (a Democrat from San Francisco) in response to a ruling by the United State's Supreme Court in June 2013 that described the state's 2008 voter-approved Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.

Following the Supreme Court's ruling, the Golden state restarted issuing marriage certificates to gay and lesbian couples, but the definition that a marriage is a union between a man and a woman was creating a hurdle. The signing of the bill has removed that hurdle.

Commenting on the development, Senator Leno said, "This legislation removes outdated and biased language from state codes and recognizes all married spouses equally, regardless of their gender."

Leno thanked Gov. Brown for signing the bill, and said it made it clear that every loving couple in the state had the legal right to marry.

The National Organization for Marriage, however, argued that redefining marriage is not simply about expanding the institution to include more types of relationships; rather it is about essentially revising the meaning of the institution itself.

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