April 18, 2015
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state Senate committee has sided with
opponents of Proposition 8 in the court battle over gay marriage.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a
resolution that says the proposition's ban on same-sex marriages
was a constitutional revision. As such, it would have needed
approval from the Legislature to reach last November's ballot.
The vote sends the resolution by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of
San Francisco to the full Senate. The Assembly Judiciary Committee
approved an identical resolution by Democratic Assemblyman Tom
Ammiano, also of San Francisco, last week.
Proposition 8 supporters say their initiative is merely a
constitutional amendment that could be put on the ballot by an
initiative campaign. Voters passed it last fall.
The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in the
case on March 5.