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The End of Gay Marriage in California

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Although not all precincts have reported in (5%) more to go as of 8:45 a.m., the writing is on the wall--Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that sought to eliminate gay marriage in California has done just that. A close race, yes, but yes votes outnumbered no votes by over 400,000, or 4.2%. Even in LA County, the majority of voters said yes on Prop 8.

Over $74 million was spent by both sides combined making this the most expensive prop across the nation.

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"We caused Californians to rethink this issue," Proposition 8 strategist Jeff Flint said in the LA Times. Prop 8 was generally thought to be a losing initiative in polls before the election until the "children will be taught gay marriage" issue came up in TV commercials. The ads seemed to work so the campaign stuck with them even though on August 7th a juged ruled that the official ballot language could not contain statements that were used in commercials.

For now, the fate of the 18,000 couples who wed between June and Noveber 4th is up in the air. Will they be able to stay legally married or will the courts reverse their vows?