Petition Deadline Apr 12 for repeal of PROP 8
Petitions should be mailed by April 8.
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This is the exact wording of the initiative as approved by the CA Sec. of State:
INITIATIVE MEASURE TO BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE VOTERS
REINSTATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY. INITIATIVE
Repeals the current provision in California's Constitution that states only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
Provides that marriage is between only two persons and shall not be restricted on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. Clarifies that the initiative shall not be interpreted to require any priest, minister, pastor, rabbi, or other person to perform a marriage in violation of his or her religious beliefs. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Over the long run, this measure would likely have little fiscal impact on state and local governments. (09-0042.)
REGISTERED VOTERS ONLY
To the Honorable Secretary of State of California:
We, the undersigned, registered, qualified voters of California, residents of County (or City and County), hereby propose amendments to the Constitution of California and petition the Secretary of State to submit the same to the voters of California for their adoption or rejection at the next succeeding general election or at any special statewide election held prior to that general election or otherwise provided by law. The proposed constitutional amendments read as follows:
This amendment would amend an existing section of the California Constitution. Existing language proposed to be deleted is printed in strikeout type. Language proposed to be added is printed in underlined type.
Section 1. To protect religious freedom, no court shall interpret this measure to require any priest, minister, pastor, rabbi, or other person authorized to perform marriages by any religious denomination, church, or other non-profit religious institution to perform any
marriage in violation of his or her religious beliefs. The refusal to perform a marriage under this provision shall not be the basis for lawsuit or liability, and shall not affect the tax-exempt status of any religious denomination, church or other religious institution.
Section 2. To provide for fairness in the government's issuance of marriage licenses, Section 7.5 of Article I of the California Constitution is hereby amended to read as follows: Sec. 7.5. Delete: [Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.] Add: [Marriage is between only two persons and shall not be restricted on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.]
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