Just like Washington D.C.'s City Council did, California could be en route to banning gay marriage in its own borders, but opening itself up to gay Iowans and Bay Staters who wed in their home states. S.B. 54 would amend state family law and, argues Leno, remain within the confines of the court's ruling.
The fine print: Only couples who wed out of state before Prop 8 passed would get to use the word marriage; couples who wed afterward would receive marriage rights, but not the M-word. The bill would seemingly encourage — or at least not disallow — Californians to travel to other states where gay marriage is legal, tie the knot, and return home demanding the same rights as married heteros.
Naturally, Prop 8 supporters are upset. Pacific Legal Institute president Brad Dacus calls the bill a "cheap shot." Which it totally is! But no cheaper than, say, his team's decimation of the wedding industry.
Some sense coming out of the clusterf*** that was the CSC ruling? And Legislative, no less. No argument of "activist courts!"