California Governor Signs Controversial Bills
At 4:49 am on October 06, 2012
(WNS)--Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law this week allowing clergy to opt out of performing same-sex wedding ceremonies without being punished by the state. Though same-sex marriage is illegal in California under Prop. 8 — the constitutional amendment approved by voters four years ago defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman — the legislation is a pre-emptive strike by gay activists who hope the U.S. Supreme Court may rule the amendment unconstitutional in the near future. The court has not yet said it will take the case. Under the legislation, championed by state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), churches won’t lose their tax-exempt status if they don’t perform same-sex ceremonies. Brown also signed into law Sunday a bill requiring foster parents and other caregivers to undergo training focused on sensitivity and cultural competency for kids struggling with same-sex attractions and gender identity.
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