Friday, October 21, 2005

California SSM 2006 Bye

In an interview with the Bay Area Reporter, the speaker of the California lower house said that same-sex marriage will be a legislative agendum in 2007, not next year. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-LA) told the paper, "2007 is what we are looking at right now on reintroducing the marriage bill."

Both houses passed the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, which Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed last month. They did not have enough votes to override.

A co-sponsor of the bill, Nunez cited a full plate, with four key issues next year:
  1. Universal healthcare for anyone under the age of 18
  2. Raising the state's minimum wage by a $1 to $7.75
  3. Infrastructure investment in levees, and transportation networks
  4. Universal pre-school
However, he pledged, "I am in the Legislature until 2008. One of the things I am committed to before I leave is we need to do right by offering people the civil rights they deserve. I think we are going to do it. It is going to happen."

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