While the Prop. 8 trial is silent, supporters of same sex marriage have been busy paving the way for another – and this time they hope successful – election campaign in California. State Senator Mark Leno is sponsoring SB 906 which specifies that legalizing gay marriage would not require a priest, rabbi, minister or any other religious official to perform a marriage against their conscience. It also explicitly states that any religious organization that refuses to perform such a union would not have its tax exempt status revoked or threatened. These were both key arguments used by Prop. 8 supporters. Leno’s bill is winning support from the California Council of Churches (an opponent of Prop. 8) and even the conservative California Southern Baptist Convention. A spokeswoman for The Catholic Church in California – a major supporter and funder of Prop. 8 – says her organization has so far declined to take any position on the legislation.
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