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City Council Votes To Support Same-Sex Marriage Bill
State Legislation Would Define Marriage As Between ‘Two Persons’

POSTED: 3:13 pm PDT July 12, 2005
UPDATED: 3:35 pm PDT July 12, 2005

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to support future state legislation that would recognize same-sex marriage.

The council’s 11-0 vote — with Bernard Parks and Greig Smith abstaining — came on a day that state lawmakers in Sacramento are to discuss a bill that would grant marriage to same-sex couples.

“I am most gratified that my colleagues around this city council are sending a strong message to Sacramento that we in the great city of Los Angeles hold no civil discrimination against anyone,” said recently elected Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who is openly gay.

A parliamentary procedure Monday gave a second chance to AB 19, which was introduced by Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), but rejected by the state Assembly on June 2.

Leno amended a separate bill that cleared the Assembly and moved to the Senate — AB 849 — to contain provisions that allow same-sex marriage.

The bill — which would define marriage as being between “two persons” rather than between a man and and woman — was heard Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Many people have asked, `Why is Los Angeles City Council taking this action? Why is this matter here, in a sense?”‘ Councilman Jack Weiss said. “The answer is as follows. This is a matter of state law. It is being debated by state lawmakers in Sacramento. We represent the largest city in the state of California. We want lawmakers in Sacramento to know the official position of this city. It’s very important we do that.”