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Internet effort launched to repeal Prop. 8 and legalize gay marriage

November 16, 2009 |  1:08 pm

A group called Love Honor Cherish launched an Internet-based effort today to collect enough signatures to place a measure repealing Prop. 8, the anti-gay marriage law, on the state ballot by next year.

The signature-gathering drive will use social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter, organizers said in a statement.

“We’re taking names,” said John Henning, who is heading the SignForEquality.com effort launched to collect the signatures. "People throughout California can now help us win marriage back by the simple act of signing and collecting signatures.”

Prop. 8 was approved by California voters a year ago, reversing a California Supreme Court decision, which held that same-sex couples were guaranteed equal marriage rights under the state Constitution.

Love Honor Cherish, based in Los Angeles, has 150 days to gather approximately 1 million signatures. The signatures are due April 12, 2010.

-- Jessica Garrison

Use The Times' interactive map to track changes in rights for same sex couples in the U.S. since 2000

Click to view Times interactive map on gay marriage

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