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California Gay And Lesbian Lawmakers Decry Prop. 8 Ruling

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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gay and lesbian state lawmakers said they were disheartened by Tuesday's California Supreme court ruling but compared gay marriage to the long struggle for civil rights.

Members of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus held a news conference shortly after the court upheld Proposition 8.

State Sen. Christine Kehoe, a San Diego Democrat, said California "has lost its lead in the fight for civil rights for all people."

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a Democrat from San Francisco, said the court's decision would create a system of "apartheid" in California.

The lawmakers equated the fight for marriage equality to the long process of securing rights for blacks, Asians and women.

They predicted that gay marriage supporters would fund an initiative campaign to place the issue before voters for a third time.

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