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March-08-00

California Rejects Gay Marriage

California voter on Tuesday approved 61 - 39 percent Proposition 22, which bars California from recognizing marriage rights to lesbians and gay men who are legally married in another state.

Currently, no state allows same-sex marriage. However, since Hawaii raised the possibility of legalizing same-sex marriages in 1993, 31 states have passed banning the recognition of legal marriages in other states.

The campaign Vote NO on Knight organized to defeat the initiative proposed by Sen. Pete Knight that discriminates against lesbians and gay men. They were joined by The League of Women Voters, the California Interfaith Alliance and the California Teachers Association in opposition to Prop 22. Vote NO on Knight was endorsed by Vice President Al Gore, Senator Bill Bradley, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, and Republican Congressman Tom Campbell.

Media Resources: The Associated Press - March 8, 2000, and Vote NO on Knight


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