CA Gay Marriage Legislation Killed
Democratic leadership was unable to push through AB 19 that would have allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry in civil ceremonies but not force churches to honor the unions. No Reps voted for the bill, taking the position that CA voters already rejected gay marriage with Prop 22, which stated "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
But interestingly, the bill was killed by Democrats. Five voted against the bill outright, and five abstained. Six of the Dems that didn't vote for it were Hispanic, and four who voted against it were from the more socially conservative Central Valley (the fifth who voted against it was Juan Vargas who represents a portion of SD with a large number of Latinos).
It is worth noting that a group has also filed papers to ban same-sex unions and limit domestic partnership rights through a state constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot in either June or Nov. of 2006.