L.A. Stops Same-Sex Weddings

Los Angeles County officials have stopped issuing licenses for same-sex weddings.

The county Registrar made the announcement based after returns showed voters approved a state constitutional ban on same-sex nuptials. The vote tally is 52.5% for Yes and 47.5% for No. The No on 8 campaign has not yet conceded the race, and is waiting for the count of absentee ballots.

“There is always the thought of ‘live to fight another day,’ but if we end up losing this, the disappointment is that a majority of California voters didn’t get that this is a human rights and civil rights issue,” said producer Bruce Cohen, who worked to defeat the initiative.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, and Santa Clara County Counsel Anne C. Ravel filed motions to invalidate Proposition 8 on the grounds that that the state constitution’s equal protection provision do not allow a bare majority of voters to use the amendment process to divest politically disenfranchised groups of constitutional rights.

Cohen’s movie “Milk,” the story of Harvey Milk and his successful effort at defeating the 1978 Briggs Initiative, will be released later this month.

“Unfortunately, if anything the message of ‘Milk’ is more relative today than it was yesterday,” he said, in a tone of disappointment.

“It didn’t happen in 2008, but now you will be able to see a story where it did happen 30 years ago.”

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