California gay marriage bill advances Bernard Hibbitts at 12:40 PM ET
[JURIST] A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in California has passed its first legislative test. The California Assembly Judiciary Committee [official website] approved it 6-3 Tuesday, clearing it to move on to another committee and, if again approved, from there to the Assembly floor. Opponents of the bill argue that it is clearly inconsistent with Proposition 22 [text], a ballot initiative approved five years ago by California voters that limit marriage to unions between a man and a woman. The legislation is moving forward at the same time that the general legality of same-sex marriage in California is being weighed in the state courts in the wake of a spate of same-sex marriage licenses issued by the city of San Francisco last year. AP has more.
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