Calif. amend. suit claims ‘prejudicial’ ballot

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 | by Michael Foust

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–Supporters of a proposed constitutional marriage amendment in California filed suit against the state attorney general July 29, charging that a new ballot title and summary is inflammatory and could lead voters to oppose the measure.

The title and summary — the language voters see on the ballot when entering the voting booth — was changed recently by California Attorney General Jerry Brown. A Democrat, Brown changed the title to read, “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry” and the first sentence of the summary to read, “Changes California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.” The new ballot summary also says the amendment’s fiscal impact would result in “potential revenue loss, mainly sales taxes, totaling in the several tens of millions of dollars” to state and local governments over the next few years. [Click here to read the full story]

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