CA Victory for Marriage -- SB 906 Vetoed

Your Petitions Delivered Last Friday
Governor Vetoed Anti-Marriage Bill

Background
on SB 906

SACRAMENTO, October 1, 2010 -- At the final deadline for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign or veto bills from this legislative session, he surprised us by vetoing SB 906, the “Trojan Horse” marriage bill sponsored by organizations working to undermine Prop 8 and marriage between a man and a woman.

Petition signatures calling for his veto were hand delivered by volunteer CCG leaders in Sacramento last Friday. The package of 330 pages of signed petitions included those that were circulated by volunteers in parishes and signed electronically online. Through this effort, your voices were heard loud and clear.

Our primary concern was that the bill created a new definition of marriage implying different kinds of marriage. Under the state constitution, thanks to the voters, only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized. Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker recently overturned the vote of the people on Prop 8, and his decision is currently being appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Governor, who does not support Prop 8 and recently refused to defend that section of the constitution, recognized the fact that creating new definitions of marriage would create confusion, but in the process of vetoing the bill sponsored by Equality California and Prop 8 opponents, he repeated his support for same-sex “marriage”. Whatever his reason, we are grateful for his veto.

New Milestones in Volunteer Participation

Opposing SB 906 involved a great deal of work and dedication by CCG volunteers. In addition to letters and phone calls placed to individual legislators, teams of CCG trained marriage advocates actually met with selected assembly members and staff expressing opposition to the bill on your behalf. While our efforts are still modest, it is an indication of the growing capabilities of the army that is forming to take back marriage and family in California.



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