Text of Cameron Hamilton’s Resolution opposing SB 54

After the jump is the full text of the Resolution that Porterville’s City Council considered and rightfully rejected on August 4, 2009.

Earlier, I reported the brief results and a statement from Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

RESOLUTION NO.  _______-2009


WHEREAS, Article 1, Section 7.5 of the California Constitution reads “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”.

WHEREAS, these words reserving marriage for a man arid a woman were placed into the Constitution by the people’s affirmative vote on Proposition 8 on November 5 last year.

WHEREAS, 78,578 voters in Tulare County or 75.1% of the electorate voted in favor of Proposition 8.

WHEREAS, the California Constitution, Article II, Section 1 states that “all political power is inherent in the people” and that “they have the right to alter or reform it when the public good may require”.

WHEREAS, the natural institution of marriage is, was, and should always remain a beautiful, special relationship between a husband and a wife.

WHEREAS, marriage between a man and a woman is an important and beneficial role model for children to emulate.

WHEREAS, Proposition 8 reserved marriage licenses to a man and a woman by stating that the only “valid” marriage is “marriage between a man and a woman”.

WHEREAS, Proposition 8 additionally prohibited recognition of out-of-state marriages by stating that man-woman marriages are the only marriages “recognized” by the State of California.

WHEREAS, Senate Bill 54, authored and coauthored by eight Democrats in the California Senate and Assembly, would undermine Proposition 8, the people’s vote, and the marriage institution itself by awarding marriage licenses and marriage rights to out-of-state relationships that are not “a man and a woman”.

WHEREAS, SB 54 stipulates that a “marriage” between two persons of the same sex contracted outside this state is valid in California if the marriage was contracted prior to the passage of Proposition 8.

WHEREAS, SB 54 blatantly violates Article 1, Section 7.5 of the California Constitution, which states that the “only” type of marriage “recognized” from outside California is “marriage” between a man and a woman”.

WHEREAS, the Constitution refers to marriages past, present, and future when it absolutely and unequivocally states that, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”.

WHEREAS. the Proposition 8 proponents further stated in their ballot arguments that “Your YES vote on Proposition 8 means that only marriage between a man and a woman will be valid or recognized in California, regardless of when or where performed”.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE if RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Porterville, in respect of the voters, the California Constitution, and for the sake of the best interests of children, the City of Porterville opposes SB 54 as a blatant violation of our state constitution and the people’s vote to reserve marriage licenses for a man and a woman in the State of California.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 4th day of August, 2009.


John Lollis, City Clerk

By: Patrice Hildreth, Chief Deputy City Clerk

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