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article imageCalifornia gay-marriage ban will have to stay – for now

By Andrew John     Apr 13, 2010 in Lifestyle
The ban on same-sex marriage is set to remain in California, after too few signatures were gathered to secure a vote on whether to dump the controversial legislation known as Proposition 8.
The Love Honor Cherish campaign, based in Los Angeles, tried, and failed, to gather 700,000 signatures so that there could be a state-wide vote on whether to repeal Proposition 8, a law that banned gay marriage in the state and was approved by voters in November 2008.
The campaigning group must now wait until 2012 before again being able to put the proposal for repeal to voters.
“California has been the most high-profile battleground for same-sex marriage in the US in the last few years,” says Pink News.
“Gay couples were given the right to marry in 2008 but opponents succeeded in having this struck down at the polls with Proposition 8 just several months later.”
About 18,000 couples who tied the knot during the brief window when same-sex marriage was allowed were permitted to retain their status.
There was an appeal by gay-rights groups to the Supreme Court last year, but it was turned down. However, a trial examining whether the ban was constitutional is currently pending, and is expected to resume shortly, says Pink News.
Just last week a Public Policy Institute of California survey found that 52 percent of respondents wanted to see gay marriage in the state; 40 percent disagreed.
Also last week state lawmakers said they were considering whether or not to repeal an old law that requires the state look for “cures” for homosexuality.
The current legislation dates back to the 1950s, saying gays are “sexual deviants.” It requires the state carry out research on “deviations conducive to sex crimes against children.”
The gay campaign group Equality California says that the current law “institutes bigotry” against gay people.
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