California court rejects plea to let voters decide on marriage

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Sacramento, Jun. 5, 2008 ( - California's Supreme Court has rejected a request to delay implementation of a ruling allowing for legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

The court's revolutionary ruling, requiring the state to recognize homosexual unions, is due to take effect on June 16. Pro-family groups, were already looking forward to a statewide vote in November on a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The sponsors of the proposed amendment asked the court to delay implementation of the ruling on same-sex marriage until the voters had a chance to weigh in on the subject.

By a 4-3 vote-- the same margin that produced the decision calling for same-sex marriage-- the Supreme Court rejected the appeal for a delay.

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