California to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Other States

By Staff Report

Oct. 13, 2009

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law a bill that recognizes same-sex marriages entered into in other states.

The California House on September 3 passed S.B. 54, which was authored by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and the state Senate did the same September 9.

In May, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, a measure that voters approved in November 2008 that forbids gay marriage in California but left intact the estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages that were entered into in California before the ban.

In a statement released Monday. October 12, directed at the California Senate, Schwarzenegger said, “This measure honors the will of the people in enacting Proposition 8 while providing important protections to those unions legally entered into in other states.”

Filed by Judy Greenwald of Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail

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