SB 906 Passes Assembly 51 to 26

Moves to Senate then to Governor's Desk

SACRAMENTO, August 19, 2010—SB 906, the Trojan Horse marriage bill, passed the CA State Assembly August 19 with 51 votes. CCG opposed this bill (see details).The affirmative votes included those of two Republicans—Sam Blakeslee of San Louis Obispo and Nathan Fletcher of San Diego. Two Assemblymembers abstained from voting, both Democrats—Wilmer Carter of Rialto and Cathleen Galgiani of Tracy.

(See complete voting results below.)

There was no significant floor debate. Floor Manager Arambula of Fresno presented the bill and Assemblymember Norby of Irvine offered the only opposition—stating that the bill was not necessary and that the protections that it sought to provide to religious groups are already guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The next step for this bill, after the Senate concurs with a technical change, is the Governor’s desk. We need to strongly seek his veto when it gets there.

This Trojan Horse bill is sponsored by the same groups that oppose Prop 8 and lays the ground work for their effort to repeal Prop 8 by initiative (see details). They are attacking marriage using every angle—through the courts, legislation designed to fool voters, and recruiting volunteers on the street.

We are in the middle of a war to protect and defend Prop 8 and marriage that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children that comes from the relationship. It is urgent that we mobilize and organize. Now is not the time for hand-wringing and frustration but the time for action.

CCG's positive, reality-based approach to promoting marriage and family provides practical tools for everyday Catholics to discuss marriage effectively. The army to take back marriage and family is growing in communities all over California.

For too long the focus has been about homosexuality and alternative life styles. This issue has nothing to do with that. What is at stake is whether our children will be taught that marriage is an institution for the private interest of adults or unites a man and a woman with each other and any children that come from the relationship. If we are going to regain the offense and promote the centrality and integrity of marriage, now is the time to act and we need you.

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SB 906 Voting Results

Yes Votes

Democrats: Ammiano, Arambula, Bass, Beall, Block, Blumenfield, Bonnie Lowenthal, Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles Calderon, Chesbro, Coto, Davis, De La Torre, De Leon, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fong, Fuentes, Furutani, Gatto, Hall, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, John A. Perez, Jones, Lieu, Ma, Mendoza, Monning, Nava, Portantino, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Skinner, Solorio, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico, V. Manuel Perez, Yamada

Republicans: Blakeslee, Fletcher

No votes

Republicans: Adams, Anderson, Audra Strickland, Bill Berryhill, Conway, Cook, DeVore, Fuller, Gaines, Garrick, Gilmore, Hagman, Harkey, Jeffries, Knight, Logue, Miller, Nestande, Niello, Nielsen, Norby, Silva, Smyth, Tom Berryhill, Tran, Villines

Not voting

Democrats: Carter, Galgiani

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