California Assembly Committee Passes Same-Sex 'Marriage' Bill

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - A controversial bill that legalizes same-sex "marriage" passed a California Assembly committee Tuesday, and pro-family groups are calling for the measure to be killed.

The bill, AB 1967, would create homosexual "marriage" and reject the millions of Californians who voted for Proposition 22, the Protection of Marriage Initiative.

"AB 1967 utterly rejects the vote of the people. AB 1967 is corrupt and any legislator who votes for it is corrupt too," said Randy Thomassaon, executive director of the Campaign for California Families.

Testifying alongside other pro-family groups like the Traditional Values Coalition, Thomasson told the Assembly Judiciary Committee, the measure "is illegal, unconstitutional and immoral."

"It is strange that the Democrats would risk losing seats in the Legislature over an issue that is so unpopular," said Thomasson after the hearing.

"Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez is to blame for giving permission for his Democrat colleagues to push for homosexual 'marriage' and reject everybody who believes that marriage is for a man and a woman. Does Nunez want people to understand that voting for Democrats now means voting for homosexual 'marriage'?" he asked.

And now another pro-family group is calling on California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to take a stand against the bill.

"In 2000, the people of California were asked to determine the definition of marriage in their state, and by a 61-39 percent margin they voted in support of Prop. 22, to affirm one man, one woman marriage. The people of California have spoken, and the legislature and the governor should respect their wishes," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in a statement.

"Throughout his campaign and his short time in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been ambiguous about his willingness, or lack thereof, to protect marriage from those who want to redefine it out of existence." Perkins said.

"Should this legislation reach his desk, it will give the Governor the opportunity to show respect for the wishes of an overwhelming majority of Californians who oppose tinkering with marriage. Just as the people came together last year to put Gov. Schwarzenegger into office, they came together in 2000 to protect marriage," he added.

Perkins noted that legalizing same-sex "marriage" will open the door to other things.

"If they make a right for any two adults who love each other to 'marry,' they will have opened the door to polygamy, inter-familial relationships, and a whole host of other arrangements of adults who say they love each other. In light of their vote on Prop. 22, I don't think that's the road Californians want to go down," he concluded.

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