- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 4, 2002

California Gov. Gray Davis doesn't support same-sex "marriage," but he may be interested in helping his state become the second to enact civil unions for homosexual couples.
"I am establishing a task force to review what Vermont has done to find out if any of those measures are applicable to California," Mr. Davis recently told the Bay Area Reporter, a weekly newspaper for homosexuals.
The civil-union law, created in 2000 by Vermont lawmakers in response to a court ruling, gives homosexual couples the same legal rights and responsibilities as married couples. Mr. Davis, a Democrat, is running for re-election this year.
Opponents of same-sex "marriage" believe Mr. Davis' task force is an attempt to circumvent a March 2000 statewide vote that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
More than 61 percent of California voters supported Proposition 22, the Protection of Marriage Initiative, said Randy Thomasson, executive director of the Campaign for California Families.
Mr. Davis' task force "is an outright rejection of the voters" and "a vain attempt to shore up his liberal base," Mr. Thomasson said.
Jean Harris, executive director of the California Alliance for Pride and Equality, applauded the task force's creation, saying it reflected Mr. Davis' "continued leadership and commitment" to homosexual issues and "puts California in the right direction."
California Assemblyman Paul Koretz, a Democrat from West Hollywood, said the task force could support his efforts to pass civil-union legislation in California in the 2003-2004 session.
In recent interviews, Mr. Davis said he hasn't formed an opinion about civil unions in California and supports traditional marriage.
"I have not expressed a viewpoint on the issue of civil unions," Mr. Davis said in the March 21 Bay Area Reporter interview. "I want to wait for the recommendations from the people who will study Vermont's law and what, if any, portions of that law can be implemented in California."
Later, in a March 29 issue of Frontiers, an online news magazine for homosexuals, Mr. Davis said he opposed same-sex "marriage," saying, "As I stated in 1998, I am a practicing Roman Catholic. My opposition [to homosexual "marriage"] is based on my religious views."
Mr. Thomasson questioned both of the governor's assertions.
Mr. Davis may say he supports traditional marriage, but he opposed Proposition 22 and has declined to sign a "marriage protection pledge" upholding traditional marriage, said Mr. Thomasson.
Mr. Davis also has signed several laws expanding homosexual agendas and domestic partner rights, Mr. Thomasson said.
"All of his actions have undermined marriage, not strengthened or protected marriage," Mr. Thomasson said, adding if Mr. Davis is re-elected, "you can bet that homosexual 'marriage' will become a reality in his second term."
According to the Seattle-based Partners Task Force for Gay and Lesbian Couples, which tracks marriage laws, nearly 2,500 same-sex couples have acquired a Vermont civil union since the law went into effect July 1, 2000. The unions are not recognized out of state, and several states, including California, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Washington, have considered adopting their own civil-union laws.

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