Some Gay Marriages Already Being Stopped

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Some county clerks in California are already
putting a stop to same-sex marriages, after Tuesday's voter approval of an amendment to the state constitution that bans those

Two men were getting married Wednesday morning at Sacramento City Hall when someone from the clerk's office stopped the wedding.

Tuesday's vote puts in doubt as many as 18,000 same-sex marriages conducted in California since a court ruling made them legal this year.

With almost all precincts reporting, returns show the measure winning with 52 percent of the vote. But opponents of the ban say they're not ready to concede. Gay rights groups are asking the state Supreme Court to invalidate the measure on the grounds that the legislature would have to approve such a dramatic change in state law.

Exit polls find that the ban on gay marriage got critical support from blacks who flocked to the polls to support Barack Obama. About seven in 10 blacks voted for the ban. Whites were split.