Gay Marriage Ban Makes California Ballot

Conservatives' initiative gathers over a million signatures
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2008 3:57 AM CDT
Decorations depicting scenes of marriage are seen in the office of Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder Stephen Weir in Martinez, Calif., Wednesday, May 28, 2008.    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – The battle lines have been drawn in California's fight over gay marriage, with an initiative banning same-sex unions drawing enough signatures to be on the state's ballots in November. California's Supreme Court struck down a gay marriage ban last month, but it's unclear if same-sex marriages performed before November will be valid if the amendment passes, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"I'm confident that Californians are ready to support equal marriage rights for all our residents," one man who plans to marry his male partner told the San Jose Mercury News. He's waiting until after November to marry because "we don't want to lose our deposit."