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July 26, 2008

 

The Associated Press

 

 

Ballot description for same-sex marriage measure changed

 

 

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Californians get their ballot pamphlets in the mail, they'll see a new description of the proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage.

 

Proposition 8 on the November ballot had been described as a measure to limit marriage between a man and a woman.

 

But the Secretary of State's office says that description was changed to reflect a May 15 California Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

The ballot title and summary now describe the initiative as a constitutional change to eliminate the right of same sex couples to marry.

 

The revised language also says California could lose several tens of millions of dollars in sales taxes if same-sex marriage were banned.

 

Critics of the measure say the change accurately shows the initiative would take away a current right of Californians.