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The reproductive health rights movement was founded on the premise that individuals should have the right to make sexual and reproductive decisions themselves, based on the democratic principle of individual liberty. Because of these core beliefs, Planned Parenthood supports public policies that foster a social climate that replaces discrimination with tolerance, reduces legal barriers with legal justice for all, and replaces judgment with acceptance.
Six states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, currently allow same-sex couples to marry. In addition, the nations of the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, and Sweden also allow marriages for same-sex couples.
Planned Parenthood Action Funds in California support public policy and legislation which:
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) has supported many bills introduced by coalition partners to protect and provide rights for same-sex couples. Below is a partial list of the most current bills:
Assembly Joint Resolution 15 (De León)
PPAC Position: Support. AJR 15 puts California on record as supporting the Federal Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). The act removes legal barriers to immigration by permanent same-sex partners.
House Resolution 5 (Ammiano)
PPAC Position: Support. HR 5 was a resolution stating the Senate's opposition to Proposition 8 on the grounds that it is an improper revision, not an amendment, of the California Constitution... This resolution passed the Assembly, but does not make any changes to current law.
Senate Bill 54 (Leno)
PPAC Position: Support. SB 54 would ensure that California recognizes same sex marriages which were performed out of state before November 5, 2008, so long as the marriages were valid in the jurisdiction where they occurred. In addition, same-sex couples who were legally married in other states after November 5, 2008, would maintain the same legal rights and responsibilities traditionally associated with marriage.
Senate Bill 572 (Leno)
PPAC Position: Support. SB 572 would make May 22 of each year Harvey Milk Day, and would encourage public schools and educational institutions to commemorate that date by recognizing his accomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in a major city of the United States, serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Senate Resolution 7 (Leno)
PPAC Position: Support. SR 7 was a companion resolution to HR 5. It states the Assembly's opposition to Prop 8 on the grounds that it is an improper revision, not an amendment, of the state Constitution This resolution passed the Senate, but does not make any change to current law.
Senate Joint Resolution 9 (Kehoe)
PPAC Position: Support. SJR 9 urges Congress and the President to repeal the U.S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. This bill passed through the Senate and has yet to be considered by the Assembly.
Assembly Bill 43 (Leno)
PPAC Position: Support. AB 43 would have enacted the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act and allow the State of California to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. This bill was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.
Senate Bill 777 (Keuhl)
PPAC Position: Support. AB 777 worked to ensure that public educational programs and activities are free from discrimination and that all students are treated fairly and have the same opportunities to learn. This bill was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger.