Briefly noted

A California constitutional amendment to limit marriage to “a man and a woman” has been approved for the November 4 general election, just weeks after the state Supreme Court permitted same-sex marriages. California secretary of state Debra Bowen on June 2 certified that supporters had submitted enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the ballot. If approved by a majority of voters, the state initiative would trump the May 15 Supreme Court ruling. Early polls differed on whether voters would defeat the measure. Meanwhile, the state’s high court rejected appeals to reconsider its ruling or to delay implementation. Licenses and rites for same-sex couples were permitted to begin June 17, as scheduled.


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