John M. Becker

CA Removes Gender-Specific Language from Marriage Law

Filed By John M. Becker | July 08, 2014 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: California, gay marriage, gender neutral, Jerry Brown, marital terminology, marriage equality, Prop 8, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage

california-map.jpgYesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that removes an exclusionary, heterosexist definition of marriage from the state's family law code and replaces the words "husband" and "wife" with gender-neutral terms like "spouse" and "married person."

The measure was introduced by Democratic San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno in response to the Supreme Court's decision last year striking down Proposition 8, California's voter-approved marriage discrimination amendment. It will bring state law into compliance with federal and state court decisions upholding the freedom of same-sex couples to marry.

The new law takes effect on January 1, 2015.

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