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.
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