Schwarzenegger Recognizes Gay Marriages

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill over the weekend that requires California to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and treat them exactly like heterosexual marriages. The legislation, which was opposed strongly by the anti-gay-marriage contingent, means that when gay and lesbian couples get married in other states, their marriages also are valid in California when they move here — even though gay marriage is technically illegal in the Golden State.

In another nod to the gay community, the governor also signed a measure that creates a state day of recognition for Harvey Milk, the gay San Francisco supervisor who was slain in the 1970s. According to the Chron, Milk became only the second Californian to ever receive the honor after John Muir, the famous naturalist and explorer. Harvey Milk Day will be May 22, commemorating his birthday. Although Harvey Milk Day will not be an official state holiday, public schools will be urged to teach students about the civil rights leaders' life and accomplishments. Both bills were authored by San Francisco state Senator Mark Leno.

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