Legislation to allow gay marriage in California moved one step closer to reappearing on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk on Wednesday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Assembly Bill 43, by San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno, a Democrat, to allow for same-sex marriage.
The 3-1 vote fell along party lines with Sens. Ellen Corbett, Sheila Kuehl and Darrell Steinberg - all Democrats - voting in favor. Republican Sen. Tom Harman voted 'no' and Senate Republican leader Dick Ackerman did not vote. Update: Ackerman's office reports the senator, using his privilege as Republican leader, added his 'no' vote following the hearing.
The bill, which passed out of the Assembly with 42 votes in early June, now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Schwarzenegger vetoed similar legislation in 2005 and has promised another veto in 2007, should the bill reach his desk.