Efforts to overturn anti-gay marriage law fail in California

08:38, April 13, 2010      

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Gay marriage advocates in California failed to gather enough signatures to put a measure on this year's ballot asking voters to overturn a state constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage, it was announced on Monday.

The failure to gain enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot was "heartbreaking moment," said John Henning, executive director of Love Honor Cherish, one of several groups hoping to repeal the amendment.

"Despite the dogged efforts of hundreds of volunteers across California, we did not get the signatures we needed within the 150- day window set by the state," Henning said.

About 700,000 valid signatures were needed by the deadline today.

Hundreds of gay marriage advocates demonstrated in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to gather signatures to repeal the amendment known as Proposition 8, which was narrowly passed by California voters in 2008, and which reversed an earlier state Supreme Court decision that had green-lighted marriages between people of the same sex.

"Regrettably, Proposition 8 will remain as a stain on our constitution until at least 2012, and perhaps later," Henning said.

The signature drive for the new vote had been hampered by a lack of support from many gay or lesbian activists, who said another statewide vote this year was not the best strategy.

A statewide poll conducted last month by the California Public Policy Institute found Californians now support same-sex marriage by a 50-45 percent split.

Gay activists have filed a suit to the federal court. Legal observers have said that suit is probably going to be ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Source:Xinhua

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