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Senate resolution opposes Prop. 8

Senator Mark Leno introduced a resolution Tuesday that would put the state Legislature on the record as opposing Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban that was approved by voters on the November ballot.

Senate Resolution 7 was co-authored by Leno (D-San Francisco), Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and the LGBT Legislative Caucus, and was sponsored by Equality California, a group dedicated to ensuring civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals.

The resolution says Prop. 8 failed to meet the legal procedures required to revise the state’s constitution.

An identical resolution, House Resolution 5, was introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco).

“Proposition 8’s revision to the California Constitution violates key structural checks and balances built into our legal system,” Leno said in a statement. “Overnight, the constitutional protections of thousands of tax paying, law abiding California citizens were stripped from them by a simple majority vote, without a prior two-thirds vote by both houses of the legislature, thereby trampling on their fundamental right to equal protection.”

The resolutions will be heard in the proper committees when the Legislature reconvenes next year.

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December 3, 2008 at 12:34 am

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