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07/09/2009

Gay Leno still starring on 'The Do Right Show'

by Jeremy Hooper

Mark-LenoThe California legislature's biggest gay rights champion, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Fran), is again chipping away at the unrighteous bias that has besmirched his state's good name:

The California Legislature is getting back into the Proposition 8 fight with a bill that would recognize possibly thousands of same-sex marriages performed outside of California before the measure was passed.

SB 54 , introduced late last week by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, also would ensure that gay and lesbian couples who have married in other states or countries since Nov. 5 -- when Prop 8 became official -- receive all the rights and obligations opposite-sex California couples enjoy, with the exception of the designation of "marriage."

Calif. Bill Would OK Out-of-State Gay Marriages [The Recorder]

Leno says he's simply trying to put the Supreme Court's own words into action, building on the justices' majority opinion that Prop 8 is not retroactive and that the word "marriage" is the only thing that Prop 8 can really deny to same-sex couples. Equality foes say he's trying to undermine the voters who pulled the lever for inequality.

Future teachers say: "Now class, let's look back at the 2008-2009 budge crisis. That's the one California could have possibly avoided had anti-gay activists not forced the state into an $80 million fight for something gays have already achieved, or forced principled lawmakers to waste even a nanosecond of time defending something they had already won."

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