So it seems that the Arnold is chicken shit and will veto the bill.
The bill is all enclusive and protects all families who are the most vulnerable to discrimination.
Equity California has been on the forefront in the battle for gay marriage. But with passage by both the Assembly and the Senate, all of these efforts may have been in vain for now.
The Traditional Values Coalition has been relentless in its opposition to the bill. It supports Proposition 22, a law enacted trhough a ballot initiative in 2000 which states, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
There will be plenty of litigation as the battle rages on. The religious wrong are spearheading efforts to put two measures on the ballot as early as next year to amend the California constitution to block relationship recognition for gay and lesbian couples.
The last state wide poll on the subject taken last month has likely votes evenly split 46 percent on the issue of civil marriage for same-sex couples.
The grass roots campaign that led to passage of AB 849 is not going away. They will continue to press legislators for their support to uphold the vote.
So the more the public is brought into the conversation and educated, the more we gain ground in winning their support.
Regardless of whatever happens in California this week, the issue of same-sex marriage is not going away. Afterall, it's our right to be married and the benefits of that recognition that's at stake.