Gay marriage ban qualifies for Calif. ballot |

Gay marriage ban qualifies for Calif. ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ” The Secretary of State says an initiative that would again outlaw gay marriage in California has qualified for the November ballot.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen says a random check of signatures submitted by the measure’s sponsors showed that they had gathered enough for it to be put to voters.

The measure would amend the state constitution to define marriage as a union “between a man and a woman.”

If it is approved by a majority of voters on Nov. 4, it would overturn the recent California Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

California public health officials already have amended marriage license applications and told local officials to start issuing them to same-sex couples on June 17.

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