California Gov. Brown signs bill deleting ‘husband,’ ‘wife’ from marriage law
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Monday a bill that deletes the terms “husband” and “wife” from the state’s marriage law and replaces it with “spouse” in order to accommodate same-sex marriages.
The bill, put forth by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno, takes a provision of the California Constitution that recognizes marriage as being between a man and a woman and replaces it with more gender-neutral language.
The legislation takes effect Jan. 1 and reflects the legality of gay marriage in California after a decade of litigation.
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