Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes California Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes AB 43

Marriage, which undergirds the institution of the family, is constituted by the covenant whereby "a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of their whole life", and which "of its own very nature is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children".

Only such a union can be recognized and ratified as a "marriage" in society. Other interpersonal unions which do not fulfill the above conditions cannot be recognized, despite certain growing trends which represent a serious threat to the future of the family and of society itself.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 14, 2007-- As expected, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 43, a bill that would legalize marriage between two persons of the same sex.

In his veto message, the Governor stated his support for civil unions and his belief that the issue of same-sex "marriage" should be decided by the California Supreme Court, which is expected in June next year.

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Marriage, the Foundation of Society

The Supreme Court will be looking into the issue because of a challenge to Proposition 22- a measure also known as California Defense of Marriage Act, passed by California voters in 2000 by an overwhelming 61.4% to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

AB 43 was attempting to change the current legal definition of marriage as "a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between a man and a woman" by removing the words "a man and a woman" and substituting them with "two persons". Any other gender specific references in the bill were made gender neutral, to allow the legal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Read Marriage, the Foundation of Society for more information on the unique value of marriage.

RELATED CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHINGS

Considerations on Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons Vatican
Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II
Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers About Marriage and Same-Sex Unions USCCB
A Theological Reflection on the Human Body Archbishop Myers
Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination USCCB

 



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