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California legislature considers bills affecting gay rights, voter registration and more

File: The California State Assembly floor
File: The California State Assembly floor
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There’s a lot afoot in Sacramento right now, including two senate bills with long term implications in the fight for gay rights.

If adopted, State Bill 1172 would outlaw the practice of gay conversion therapy for minors, and SB 1140 would shield members of the clergy from performing marriages for homosexual couples. We’ll have bill sponsors Sen. Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance) and Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), respectively, on to speak about the nuances of each bill.

Also on the docket in the assembly: should it be legal to register to vote up to and including election day? How about allowing nurses to prescribe birth control pills or implementing a change that mandates that athletic coaches and their ilk immediately report abuse?

Finally, what about AB 1544, which would grant work permits to undocumented migrant workers in California’s agricultural sector? We want to hear what you think of your lawmakers’ choices, so make sure to call with your comments.


Marisa Lagos, political reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Sen. Ted Lieu (D-28th District), California State Senator; author of SB 1172, which bans gay conversion therapy for minors

Sen. Mark Leno (D-3rd District), California State Senator; author of SB 1140, which would shield clergy-members from being forced to perform gay marriages