California may remove 'man and woman' state law

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Updated: 5/01/2014 2:02 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would strike the traditional definition of marriage from California law is advancing through the Legislature after the U.S. and state supreme courts allowed same-sex unions to resume.

The state Senate approved SB1306 on Thursday to remove language from the state Family Code saying marriage must be "between a man and a woman."

The bill would substitute gender-neutral language, define marriage as a personal relation arising from a civil contract between two people, and remove limits on the state recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside of California.

Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco says his bill removes discriminatory language from state law.

Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber said the measure diminishes "sacred terms."

The bill passed on a 25-10 vote and heads to the state Assembly.


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