The California secretary of state announced that an initiative to put a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage has qualified for the November ballot.

It’s no surprise — given that gay marriage opponents had well exceeded the required number of signatures to qualify.

The title and summary, via Secretary of State Debra Bowen:

LIMIT ON MARRIAGE. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Amends the
California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is
valid or recognized in California. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and
Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: The measure
would have no fiscal effect on state or local governments. This is because there would
be no change to the manner in which marriages are currently recognized by the state.

Patrick Range McDonald of L.A. Weekly writes that the initiative may end up helping Barack Obama, as it may get more progressive and younger voters to the polls.

Strategist Darry Sragow tells McDonald, "With Obama turning out the young and educated, (the anti-gay marriage initiative) obviously adds fuel to the fire."

"Sragow believes leaders in the gay community have already reached out to the Obama campaign, but the senator will have to consider his position carefully. "He’s running to be president of all 50 states," says the political strategist. In other words, Obama needs to gauge how any kind of support for gay marriage will affect him throughout the United States, not just the Golden State."

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