A first in nation, the California Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote was 21 to 15, with all Republicans voting against.
Next, the bill many pass in the Assembly, or not. It narrowly lost (by three votes) in June there.
The vote count breaks down in the San Francisco Chronicle article.
However, if it passes both houses, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promises a veto if it does. He hides behind the courts on this one. Ironically, he takes the opposite position of many anti-same-sex-marriage reactionaries, who bemoan court interpretations that legalize civil unions or marriage for homosexuals.
In state, some opponents point to ballot question Proposition 22 in 2000 that added one-man/one-woman wording to the Family Code. Others say in effect, "Gays already have a domestic partnership law. Can't they just go away?"
Optimistic on the pro side, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Kate Kendell said, "In every civil rights struggle, there is a moment when the tide starts to turn, and I want so much to believe that history will look back on this day and this vote as that moment for our community."