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The California Family Protection Act isn’t the anti-gay marriage legislation you might expect from its name. According to the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, the bill, introduced yesterday by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, would establish legally binding civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in California. Much like the law now on the books in Vermont, the California bill would make a same-sex union “legally indistinguishable” from a heterosexual marriage.

Koretz said he believes that the California Family Protection Act can comply with Proposition 22, the law that banned gay marriage last year after getting 62 percent of California voters’ approval. The bill also builds on 1999 legislation that established a state-wide domestic-partner registry.

Read the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE article here.

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