[guest post by Dana]
Because gender-specific language in progressive California is so yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure to amend California’s marriage law by replacing language that defines marriage as “between a man and a woman.” Senate Bill 1306 is now gender-neutral as the antiquated, gender-biased terms of “husband” and “wife”, which do not reflect same-sex marriage, have been replaced with the all-inclusive “spouse”:
Under existing law, a reference to “husband” and “wife,” “spouses,” or “married persons,” or a comparable term, includes persons who are lawfully married to each other and persons who were previously lawfully married to each other, as is appropriate under the circumstances of the particular case.
The bill would delete references to “husband” or “wife” in the Family Code and would instead refer to a “spouse,” and would make other related changes.
Sponsor of the legislation, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco – like I even needed to add this…) responded to the passage of the bill:
“I am pleased Governor Brown has recognized the importance of this bill, which makes it explicitly clear in state law that every loving couple has the right to marry in California,” Leno said in a statement.
“This legislation removes outdated and biased language from state codes and recognizes all married spouses equally, regardless of their gender.”
With this update, nobody’s feelings are hurt, and hip California avoids appearing like a bigoted old fuddy-duddy. Win-win.