Anxious Eyes on Calif. Measure Over Gay Marriage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The fight over the California ballot measure that would ban gay marriage is being closely watched across the nation.

And both sides of Proposition 8 say the outcome may have implications for other states.

It could affect the pace at which state courts and legislatures move to legalize same-sex marriage.

It could also reinvigorate efforts to get Congress to consider a federal gay marriage ban or a law extending workplace protections to gays and lesbians.

Almost a third of the $69 million raised for and against Proposition 8 has come from outside California.

And even the presidential candidates have weighed in on the debate: Obama opposed the measure while McCain endorsed it.

A Field Poll released today found 49 percent of likely voters oppose the ban and 44 percent favor it.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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