Long Beach, CA In Support of Marriage Equality for Same Sex Couples

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Long Beach, CA, US

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Type: Resolution

Status: Adopted on 10/17/06

Vote: Unanimous

Source File: http://www.longbeach.gov/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=13420

Text:

RESOLUTION NO. RES-06-0123
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LONG BEACH IN SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR SAME SEX COUPLES WITH FULL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS ANY HETEROSEXUAL CIVIL MARRIAGE

WHEREAS, City of Long Beach has, by local policy, ordinance and practice shown its commitment to fair and equitable treatment of all persons regardless of gender or sexual orientation; and

WHEREAS, City of Long Beach is home to more than 80 000 LGBT residents and families headed by same sex couples, many with children; and

WHEREAS, both the United States Constitution and California Constitution clearly state no laws will be made or enforced that abridge the privileges and immunities of its citizens and residents; and

WHEREAS, both the United States Constitution and California Constitution clearly state that no person within its jurisdiction will be denied equal protection under their laws; and

WHEREAS, the right to marry is recognized under the United States Constitution as a fundamental liberty interest; and

WHEREAS, providing equal access to civil marriage will not require religious institutions to perform or recognize marriages that conflict with their particular religious traditions or beliefs; and

WHEREAS, the opportunity to publicly and legally commit to share one s life with a person of one s choice is for many people one of the most central aspects of human experience; and the denial of marriage to same sex couples is a denial of fundamental civil rights; and

WHEREAS, denying civil marriage to individuals who are gay or lesbian deprives them of state and federal rights , privileges, immunities, protections and responsibilities; and

WHEREAS, families headed by gay or lesbians deserve the same rights and legal protections as other families under the law, including the protection of their spousal rights and privileges and protection of their children s economic interests by ensuring their access to the resource of both parents; and

WHEREAS, the inability to access these legal protections may result in significant harm to these individuals and families , including financial insecurity, deprivation of real property interests , lack of retirement and death benefits and lack of standing in access to family court for dissolution; and

WHEREAS, no resident of City of Long Beach should be refused equal protection under the law; and

WHEREAS, discriminatory laws undermine the State of California commitment to equality, privacy, liberty and justice for all of its citizens , as well as undermining civil marriage itself.

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Long Beach resolves as follows:

Section 1. The City of Long Beach hereby declares its support for civil marriage licenses and any enactments which codify civil marriage equality for all couples residing in California who are citizens or legal residents of the United States.

Sec. 2. The City Clerk is directed to transmit a copy of this resolution to our elected representatives in State and Federal government.

Sec. 3. The City of Long Beach requests the State and Federal government to act with vigor to develop laws to allow marriage equality for same sex couples and to 26 defend same sex civil marriages and protect the fundamental liberties of all families.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption by the City Council, and the City Clerk shall certify the vote adopting this resolution.

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