SAN FRANCISCO -- Gay rights group Love Honor Cherish has been given the green light to begin gathering signatures on its initiative to repeal Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, The Associated Press is reporting.
The group must collect 807,615 valid voter signatures by May 14, 2012, to qualify for the ballot for the election on Nov. 6, 2012, according to the Secretary of State's Office.
Meanwhile, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's historic ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. A ruling is expected soon. Whichever side loses that ruling is expected to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which would keep the case tied up for many more months.
The Love Honor Cherish initiative effort would become moot should the courts reinstate marriage quality in California.
The repeal initiative states "that marriage is between only two persons and shall not be restricted on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion," according to a summary prepared by the California Attorney General's Office. It also says that clergy would not be required to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs.