Voters deal setbacks to gay marriage

California, Arizona and Florida
In a narrow outcome, California voters overturned same-sex marriage rights in the nation’s most populous state, as similar bans on gay marriage were approved in Arizona and Florida. The ballot verdicts in three large and growing states will likely put the brakes—at least temporarily—on gay groups’ march toward civil marriage rights.

“We are grateful to have reclaimed for traditional marriage what activist judges took away from the people of California when they began allowing same-sex marriage back in May,” said Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego and supporter of the grassroots “Protect Marriage” campaign.

However, same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts and now in Connecticut, following a favorable state high court ruling this year.


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