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Gay rights groups appeal Georgia same-sex marriage referendum ruling

[JURIST] A coalition including the ACLU appealed Wednesday to the Georgia Supreme Court a lower-court ruling allowing a same-sex marriage constitutional ban to appear on ballots in the Nov. 2 elections. According to the group, the referendum should not be used since it will not allow voters to read the full text of what would be altered in the state constitution. The group is seeking a decision by the court before the elections.

The proposed text of the referendum and the actual amendment are available here (scroll down). The ACLU of Georgia has this press release on its challenge, as well as documents in the case. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the referendum. AP has more.

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