California Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry Initiative (2012)

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A California "Civil Marriage Act" Initiative (#11-0058) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 6, 2012 ballot.[1]

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have repealed the provision in California's Constitution that says that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

The Los Angeles-based group Love Honor Cherish sponsored the initiative. Tom Watson, chairman of the group, said, "It's been more than three years since Prop 8, and a majority of California residents have realized that it is a mistake to deny loving same-sex couples the right to marry and are ready to reverse the mistake that was made at the ballot box. We should give them that opportunity." [1]

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See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

Reinstates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Official summary:

"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 estimated fiscal impact:

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

"Over the long run, this measure would likely have little fiscal impact on state and local governments."

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See also: California signature requirements

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