Outcome of Calif. gay marriage ban unclear

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sponsors of California's proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage are claiming victory. But gay marriage supporters say there are still too many votes to be counted.

The amendment would limit marriage to heterosexual couples. It's the first time there's been a vote like this in a state where gay marriage is legal.

The outcome will hinge on about 3 million absentee and provisional ballots.

In Arizona and Florida, voters approved amendments banning gay marriage. And in Arkansas, there was another defeat for gay rights forces, as voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents. Supporters of that measure made it clear that they were targeting gays and lesbians.

Voters in Colorado and South Dakota rejected measures that could have led to sweeping bans on abortion.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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