Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act
Bill Number: SB 54
This bill would clarify California family law to explicitly recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed out-of-state prior to November 5, 2008. The bill would also explicitly recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed out-of-state after that date as carrying all the same rights and responsibilities that spouses receive although without the designation of marriage.
Status: Passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee by a 7-3 vote on July 7, 2009. Passed the full Assembly on September 3, 2009 with a 44 to 27 vote. Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 3-2 vote on September 8, 2009. Passed the full Senate with a 23-14 vote. Signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger on October 11 and will become law on January 1, 2010.
Lead Author: Senator Mark Leno
Principal Co-Authors: Senator Kehoe and Assemblymembers Ammiano and John A. Pérez