Calif. Teachers Drop $1M to Fight Gay Marriage Ban

Broader effort by ban opponents to step up funding
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 17, 2008 8:19 AM CDT
A protester is seen near the Sacramento County Clerk's office where dozens of gay and lesbian couples were waiting to obtain marriage licenses in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 17, 2008.    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – The California teachers union donated $1 million to the fight to defeat a gay marriage ban on the ballot next month, reports the Los Angeles Times. Opponents of the ban have been dramatically outspent by supporters, and so have lately stepped up their fundraising. “For us it’s a civil rights issue,” said the union president. “We don’t believe people should be treated differently.”