Well, California’s State Assembly has passed its now annual gay marriage bill…again.
The legislation (AB 43), by openly gay Assemblymember Mark Leno of San Francisco would make California the only state besides Massachusetts to legalize ay marriages, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger veto it more than likely.
So what was the run down?
The bill passed 42 to 34 after a 90-minute debate during which 27 of the Assembly’s 80 members rose to speak. All Republicans voted no, and they were joined by two Democrats — Nicole Parra of Hanford and Legislative Black Caucus member Wilmer Amina Carter of Rialto.
Three other Democrats abstained: Juan Arambula of Fresno, Mike Davis of Los Angeles (another Black Caucus member) and Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton. Assemblywoman Nell Soto (D-Pomona) missed the vote due to illness.
I am pleased to say as usual, my boss Assemblymember Mervyn Dymally supported the legislation as did 37th Congressional candidate Laura Richardson, even though she’s supposed to be homophobic. Take that haters!!!! In addition, Black Caucus members Karen Bass, Sandre Swanson, and Curren Price all supported the bill.
I am troubled by Davis’ abstention and while I would love to expand on it, I love my job and so I will keep my mouth shut for now.
As for Carter, well, I already knew where she was on this. The folks in her district have her scared straight on gay legislation.
As for me, I’ve been so over this bill from the beginning. While I wholeheartedly believe that gays deserve the right to marry, I am so sick and tired of the gay politics in California that only work to serve the wants of the white and affluent. Please don’t be fooled into thinking it’s about anyone else.
You may remember that when the bill was introduced yours truly brought up the fact that there were no Black members that we co-authors on the bill. There were Latinos, Asians, heterosexuals, and the like but no Blacks. One side said, we asked the Blacks and they said no. The other side said, we were never asked. Ask me who I believe.
Anyway, as it turned out in the end, only one member of the Black Caucus signed on as a co-author, Sandre Swanson of Oakland. Kudos Mr. Swanson, but I wouldn’t have hated even if you hadn’t signed on.
Why? Because as I say time and time again, the gay community is nowhere to be found on issues of importance to minority and underserved communities and until that changes, I have made the decision to be ever so mindful and diligent in reminding them of it.
But as I alluded to in the beginning of this post, this has become an annual bill and is sure to come up again in the near future after being vetoed by outgoing Republican mostly but sometimes Democratic Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.