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Campaign to overturn Prop. 8 and legalize gay marriage begins today with ballot filing

September 24, 2009 | 10:17 am

Gaymarriageprotest Despite concerns from some gay-rights activists that it's too early to revisit the issue, one group today pushed forward with plans for a 2010 ballot measure that would repeal Prop. 8 and allow gay marriage in California.

The group Love Honor Cherish filed ballot language with the state today for a measure to overturn the ban on gay marriage in the state. That is the first step in getting the question on the ballot.

According to the group, if the state approves the language, they will begin the process of collecting the estimated 1 million signatures needed to get on the November 2010 ballot.

Last month, Leaders of Equality California, one of the state’s largest gay rights groups, announced  it will wait until 2012 to push for an amendment to the California Constitution to permit same-sex marriage.

They have said they worry about raising the millions of dollars necessary in the current tough economic climate and also that it will take longer than two years to convince enough voters.

But Love Honor Cherish said now is the time to move.

"Starting today, there is new hope for committed gay and lesbian couples who want to get married,” said John Henning, executive director of Love Honor Cherish, said in a statement. “We’re back on the path toward full equality.”

Voters in November approved Proposition 8, banning gay marriage in the state, and the California Supreme Court later upheld the measure.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Supporters of same-sex marriage march in May in West Hollywoood. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times