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California calls for a speedy resolution of gay marriage row

California calls for a speedy resolution of gay marriage row

California's top lawyer on Monday called for the state Supreme Court to rule quickly on whether or not to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage approved by voters earlier this month.
Attorney General Jerry Brown said he had filed briefs with court seeking a ruling on the legality of a ballot measure known as Proposition 8, which redefined marriage in California as a union between a man and a woman.
Proposition 8, backed by social conservatives and religious groups, was passed 52.5 to 47.5 percent in the Nov. 4 election.
However the outcome triggered outrage amongst gay rights activist in California.
Large-scale protests have been held across the United States since the vote, most recently on Saturday when tens of thousands demonstrated in several cities from coast to coast.