CA Could Vote Again on Gay Marriage

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Gay marriage supporters may ask California voters to go back to the polls in a couple of years to reverse the ban on same-sex marriage that they approved last week.

The new initiative by gay rights activists would depend on the status of any of the current lawsuits filed after the approval of Proposition 8.

The new law, now a part of the state constitution, defines marriage in as being between a man and a woman. It passed 52 to 48 percent.

Equality California executive director Geoffrey Kors said gay-marriage advocates will collect signatures for a ballot initiative to reverse the ban in two years if the lawsuits fail.

"We will go back to the ballot only after we have exhausted our legal avenues and after we have a majority of voters with us," Kors said in an e-mail to supporters. "We hope we don't have to go back to the ballot. These things shouldn't be decided by voters."

Homosexual couples who did not marry before Prop 8 passed have filed briefs with the California Supreme Court.

They want the court to declare the measure void, arguing that voters did not have the authority to make such a radical constitutional change.

The court has not said if it would take up any of the cases asking for the new law to be struck down.

California law does not limit the number of times voters can be asked to decide the same issue. This means both sides could keep sponsoring their own bills as long as they gather enough signatures to qualify them to be on the ballot.

Protesting the Mormons

Meanwhile, thousands of gay marriage supporters rallied outside a Mormon temple in New York's upper East Side to protest the church's endorsement of California''s Prop 8.

Church leaders had encouraged their members to support the same-sex marriage ban.

A spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints says they are "disturbed" by the gathering, especially since a majority of California voters had voted for the measure.

Nearly 200 more protests have been planned nationwide.

Source:  The Associated Press

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