Word change matters to backers of California marriage ban

07/29/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The group backing the constitutional marriage ban on California's November ballot plans to file a lawsuit over changes to the text of Proposition 8 made at the behest of Attorney General Jerry Brown. The question's new title and summary now refer to it as a measure that would "eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry," where it was previously described as limiting marriage to "a man and a woman." The new wording also informs voters that the state stands to lose several tens of millions of dollars in sales taxes if the marriage ban is approved. A spokesman for Brown said, "The title and summary accurately reflect the measure."

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