Gay marriage ban Constitutional Amendment qualifies for Nov 2008 ballot

June 2, 2008, 8:17PM
Gay marriage ban qualifies for California ballot

Proposed Initiative Constitutional Amendment revision text as follows: SECTION 2. Article I, Section 7.5 is added to the California Constitution to read:

Sec 7.5 Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

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SAN FRANCISCO — California’s Secretary of State says an initiative that would again outlaw gay marriage in the state has qualified for the November ballot.

Debra Bowen says a random check of signatures submitted by the measure’s sponsors showed that they had gathered enough for it to be put to voters.

The measure would amend the state constitution to define marriage as a union “between a man and a woman.”

It would overturn the recent California Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state if it is approved by a majority of voters on Nov. 4.

California public health officials already have amended marriage license applications and told local officials to start issuing them to same-sex couples on June 17.
1298. (07-0068) Limit on Marriage. Constitutional Amendment. Summary Date: 11/29/07 Qualified: 06/02/08 Signatures Required: 694,354
Proponents: Dennis Hollingsworth, Gail J. Knight, Martin F. Gutierrez, Hak-Shing William Tam, and Mark A. Jansson c/o Andrew Pugno Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: The measure would have no fiscal effect on state or local governments. This is because there would be no change to the manner in which marriages are currently recognized by the state. (Initiative 07-0068.)


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