The Senate is sending Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill allowing same-sex marriages, a measure he's expected to veto.
The bill redefines marriage as a civil contract between two people, but would still let religious groups refuse to sanction the unions.
Longtime gay activist and state Senator Sheila Kuehl (KUE-el) of Santa Monica carried the measure. She says gays haven't been treated equally, even though their love is the same as others'.
Schwarzenegger's spokesman, Aaron McLear, says the governor
hasn't taken a specific position on this bill, but he'll follow the results of a 2000 ballot initiative, when voters supported limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman.
Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar gay marriage bill in 2005.