Calif. Passes Gay-Marriage Ban

Measure narrowly passes after sides pumped $70M into campaign
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 10:13 AM CST
Supporters of Yes on Prop. 8 stand in front of city hall Nov. 2, 2008, in Los Angeles.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – California voters have narrowly decided to ban gay marriage, the Wall Street Journal reports. Proposition 8, which will amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman, currently commands a 52.1%-47.9% lead with 94.6% of precincts reporting. The decision is a major upset; just weeks ago gay-marriage rights seemed safe.