The California secretary of state confirmed yesterday that proponents of a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage have collected enough signatures for the measure to appear on the ballot this November, removing any doubt about whether or not California voters will be able to weigh in on the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling permitting same-sex marriage in the state.
Proponents of the measure needed to submit more than 1.1 million signatures to qualify for the ballot and the California secretary of state certified that a sufficient number of the gathered signatures were valid.
If voters approve the amendment, it would place in legal jeopardy any same-sex marriage licenses obtained in California after June 17, when California is slated to being issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. (Washington Blade)
Whether you agreed with the ruling by the California Supremes or not, the People will definitely have their say on same-sex marriage now. Whether the amendment wins or loses it’s in their hands to decide this issue for probably a generation. It is premature forcing a fight on this now in my estimation but it is upon us now and despite the perilous wisdom of all this: cry havoc, O Noble Harry, and loose the hounds. It almost feels like the Chinese curse has come alive and that we do indeed live in interesting times.
UPDATE (6/4/08): The California Supremes refuse to stay their ruling until after the November ballot. Look for a number of same-sex couples to marry in California now and the legal challenges to explode afterwards.
— John (Average Gay Joe)