Lawmakers Back Measure to Overturn Prop 8

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A panel of legislators in California are backing efforts to overturn Proposition 8, which ended same-sex marriage in the state.

Tuesday, the Assembly Judiciary Committee approved "House Resolution 5"--a plan asking the Supreme Court to end Prop 8.

Residents voted to pass the ballot measure last November, but the committee said the ban was an "improper revision, not an amendment, of the California Constitution," meaning a vote by each house in the Legislature would also be required.

"If a simple majority vote is allowed to strip away rights from a group of individuals, no ones fundamental rights are safe," said Mike Feuer, chair of the Judiciary Committee.

The resolution was approved by a 7-3 vote. The vote, however, is non-binding.

The committee will vote on a similar measure opposing Prop 8 in coming weeks.

Sources: Christian Post, California Chronicle

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