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Calif. Group Launches Ballot Initiative to Repeal Prop 8

SACRAMENTO --- The California-based "Yes! On Equality Campaign" launched a 2010 ballot initiative this week with the aim of ensuring equal access to marriage "for all Californians in accordance with the California State Constitution."

Despite the passage of Proposition 8 in November, 2008 – which banned gay marriage in California and nullified roughly 18,000 same-sex marriages – the newly proposed law would read:

“Section 7.5 of Article I of the California Constitution shall be repealed, stricken, and removed as such: Sec. 7.5 Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California ”

The group says the Yes! on Equality Campaign will be unique and different from "No on 8.

"In Addition to starting early, there are numerous factors that distinguish the Yes! Campaign," the group says. "Perhaps the most paramount, is the inclusion of people. Rolling Stone magazine, in a critical analysis of the No on 8 Campaign, noted that No on 8 failed to create a grassroots style organization and excluded LGBT community leaders. The Yes! Campaign recognizes this and has therefore built its foundation upon the inclusion of a diverse set of people. The purpose of this campaign is not to turn-away supporters, but rather to bring them together for a more effective outcome."



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