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West Hollywood Acts to Back Same-Sex Marriage

March 02, 2004|Sara Lin | Times Staff Writer

The West Hollywood City Council took steps Monday aimed at recognizing same-sex marriages performed in San Francisco and elsewhere and called upon the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to consider performing same-sex marriages in the county.

Council members voted unanimously to direct the city attorney to review West Hollywood's ordinances, policies and procedures and recommend any changes needed to ensure that same-sex married couples will get the same protections and privileges as their heterosexual married counterparts. The city attorney will come back with the recommendations at a later date for a council vote.

Last year, the City Council passed a measure requiring all city contractors to provide the same benefits for all their employees, regardless of sexual orientation or marital status.

On Monday, the City Council passed a resolution supporting San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for his actions on behalf of equal rights for same-sex couples.

The council also approved a resolution condemning President Bush's support of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

"Marriage confers 1,000 rights and benefits that are unfairly denied same-sex couples, harming them and their families," the resolution said.

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