Assemblyman Mark Leno added some new ammunition to his gay marriage bill this time around, he said in a Sunday interview:

“We’ve also added some findings and declarations, among them quotations from the 1948 California Supreme Court decision which ended the ban on interracial marriage in California. Of course our State Supreme Court was the only one to do so before the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated such laws in 1967. In that 1948 decision the California Supreme court held that, ‘Marriage is something more than a civil contract subject to regulation by the state. It is a fundamental right of free men. Legislation infringing such rights must be based upon more than prejudice and must be free from oppressive discrimination to comply with the constituional requirements of due process and equal protection of the laws.’ ” …

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