Two California Gay Marriage Ballot Measures Gathering Steam
Prop 8 opponents are gathering signatures on two ballot props. They have already received a title and summary from the AG, so now they are in the signature collection stage.
The first, which has been around since January (PDF), is a straightforward repeal of Prop 8.
The second, which was certified yesterday (PDF), substitutes the phrase “domestic partnership” for “marriage” in California law; preserves all the rights of marriage in the new language; applies equally for straight and gay couples; and repeals Prop 8.
Supporters of the second initiative say they want to put the state out of the marriage business. They must collect 700,000 signatures by August to get their initiatives on the ballot.