SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento judge says state officials do not
have to rewrite the ballot summary describing Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban on November's ballot.
The ruling is a setback for the initiative's supporters, who say the title and summary written by Attorney General Jerry Brown are argumentative and could prejudice voters. They say Brown should
have written a more neutral statement.
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley disagreed
in a ruling issued Friday.
He says the title and summary accurately summarizes the proposition by saying it would eliminate the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Brown changed the title and summary after the state Supreme Court in May overturned California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage.
The initiative's supporters say they will appeal.
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