Saturday, August 09, 2008

Gay-friendly wording on controversial ballot is OK says California judge

Although proposition 8 is likely to be defeated (51% of voters say they'd vote against it. California's Attorney General Jerry Brown and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are both against the amendment as well) today's news is another good sign that civil rights for gays are moving forward, albeit slowly in the U.S. reports:
(Sacramento, California) A judge in Sacramento ruled Friday that the revamped wording on a ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage in the California constitution is acceptable. The ballot question originally had been described as a measure to limit marriage between a man and a woman. Last month Attorney General Jerry Brown changed the description to say the proposed amendment would eliminate the right of same sex couples to marry and that it could result in California losing tens of millions of dollars in taxes. The Project Marriage Coalition, the umbrella group that collected enough names to have the question placed on the ballot went to court, accusing Brown of twisting the wording to influence the vote. READ MORE