Court: Language on CA Gay Marriage Ballot Measure to Stay

In response to a suit brought by anti-gay groups, a court ruled today that California state officials do not have to rewrite the language on the Proposition 8 California ballot measure that declares the proposition would “eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.”

CaliforniarainbowAttorney General Jerry Brown recently changed the word in the anti-gay ballot measure proposition 8 to accurately reflect the fact that it would actually remove a right from many Californians.

The language was changed from “to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California” to the more accurate “eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.”

According to CBS5, “Brown responded to Friday’s decision by saying the court properly dismissed a lawsuit that ‘was more about politics than the law.’ The initiative’s supporters said they would appeal. They say Brown’s descriptions contrasted with the attorney general’s routine practice of selecting ballot titles that state the subject matter of an initiative in a neutral way. ‘Election ballot titles should be neutral and not intentionally prejudice voters,’ Joseph Infranco, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, said in a statement. ‘The ballot title is argumentative and not impartial.'”