CA Trojan Horse Marriage Bill Is Back

ACTION Completed
Passed 4-1

Creates Two Kinds of Marriage
Urgent Action Needed to Request a “NO” Vote
Hearing Tuesday, May 1, 1:30 PM

by William B. May

SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2012 -- The bill that Catholics for the Common Good described as the “Trojan Horse marriage bill” is back. Amendments earlier this week changed SB 1140 into the same bill the legislature passed in 2010 and was vetoed by then Governor Schwarzenegger. Authored again by San Francisco's Mark Leno and sponsored by Equality California, it redefines marriage under the guise of protecting priests and ministers from having to marry same-sex couples.

Call Senate Judiciary Committee Members

Ask them to vote "NO" on SB 1140. See contact information for the Senate Judiciarty Committee.

Hearing Tuesday, May 1, 1:30PM, Room 112,
State Capitol Building

See CCG's Letter of Opposition to the Senate Judiciary Committee

What it really does is create two distinct types of marriage in California, conflicting with the California Constitution's marriage provision passed by the voters with Prop 8.

This bill is a deception, laying groundwork to redefine marriage to accommodate same-sex couple and eventually remove from the law any public institution that unites kids with their moms and dads.


Take a few minutes to call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY.  Urge them to vote “NO” on SB 1140. (See the link in the box to the right for committee members and contact information.)


The supporters of the bill claim it protects clergy members in California from having to solemnize marriages that conflict with the tenets of their faiths. In reality, these religious protections already exist under the First Amendment.  The state has no authority to tell religions who is qualified or not for marriage according to their faith.

Rather, the true intent of the bill is to spread further confusion about what marriage is by differentiating between different types -- civil and religious. They are attempting to frame the definition of marriage as merely a religious issue, and with civil and religious marriage separated in law, it would lay the ground work for redefining marriage to accommodate same-sex couples.

They don't get it, however. Marriage that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union is the same reality that has been recognized by every society, culture and religion. The state and religions recognized that reality differently according to their different competencies. The state recognizes it because there is a distinct public interest that coincides with the right of a child to be born into a united family. In addition, the Catholic Church recognizes it as a sacrament.

There is absolutely no justification for changing the definition of marriage by creating two different types in the law. This conflicts with Proposition 8, which recognizes only marriage and makes no provisions for different types.

At a time when marriage is in crisis, when 41% of children are born outside of marriage, when 44% of young adults believe that marriage is obsolete, we need to be promoting the positive reality of marriage, not redefining it out of existence. 

Please pray for a successful defeat of SB 1140.  Take a few moments to stand up for marriage.  Forward this email to five friends asking them to do the same.  Do not let Equality California erode the reality of marriage in our state.

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