California bill SB1140 passes assembly

Senator Mark Leno.
Photo via the San Francisco Sentinel

Huffington Post Gay Voices

A bill that would protect clergy members from performing same-sex marriages was presented to the California State Assembly by an unlikely author on Tuesday: gay rights activist Democratic Senator Mark Leno.

“As we continue our efforts to achieve full equality, we must remove every possible barrier to securing the freedom to marry, including the false claim made by anti-equality advocates that allowing loving same-sex couples to marry will force clergy or places of worship to compromise their religious beliefs,” wrote Leno in the bill.

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