There'll Be No "Undo Prop 8" Campaign Next Election

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011  |  Updated 2:10 PM PDT
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No "Undo Prop 8" Campaign Next Election

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People rally in front of the California Supreme Court Building as arguments are heard for and against Proposition 8 on March 5, 2009.

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California's largest gay rights group has decided against trying to have the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex unions overturned next year.

Equality California announced Wednesday that it would not lead a ballot campaign to undo Proposition 8.

The constitutional amendment limited marriage to a man and a woman five months after the state Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages.

Executive Director Roland Palencia says polls show voters are still divided and a court challenge that could overturn the measure is still pending. As a result, he says the time is not right to undertake a risky and expensive ballot fight.

Instead, Equality California plans to devote its resources to a public education and messaging campaign to counter beliefs that allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry harms children.

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