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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature has approved a bill that will modify birth certificates to accommodate same-sex couples who become parents.

AB1951 by Democratic Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles passed the Senate Thursday on a 26-4 vote, but not before generating criticism from a Republican senator.

Under the bill, birth certificates in California will have three check boxes for parents starting in January 2016: mother, father and parent.

Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber voted against it, saying the change "removes the dignity of the term husband and wife, mother and father."

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