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Update 2: gay marriage ban supported by 51.7% of Californians

Benjamin Cohen November 5, 2008

Proposition 8, the voter initiative ballot that seeks to make a constitutional change to effectively ban gay marriage in California, defining marriage as an act of union between a man and woman, currently looks likely to pass.

After the “Say No to Prop 8” rally in San Francisco was disbanded due to the delays in results and with eighty five percent of ballots counted , 4,727,246 people (51.7%) have voted for the ban on gay marriage. 4,4165,742 (48.3% have voted against.

It is still possible for those supporting the ban to lose as the race is so tight.

Rural areas have overwhelmingly voted for the ban. Urban areas including San Francisco have overwhelmingly voted against the ban. Los Angles had its vote split 50.6% in favour, 49.4% against.

Meanwhile, Arizona voters have approved a state constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage.

Benjamin Cohen is live blogging from San Francisco. He is the founder of PinkNews.co.uk and a Correspondent for Channel 4 News

More: Americas, US elections 2008

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