Excerpted from the Sacramento Bee:
Seeking to win more acceptance in "Middle America" for gay marriage, activists are starting TV ads Monday in California featuring same-sex couples and their families. [...]
California's Supreme Court ruled in May 2008 that gay couples had a constitutional right to wed. But Proposition 8 changed the state's constitution to declare marriage as between only a man and woman.
In April, Iowa and Vermont legalized gay marriage, and this week Maine brought the number of states sanctioning same-sex marriages to five. New Hampshire's governor has a bill on his desk, and New York is considering a law.
California's high court is expected to rule by June 6 on a challenge to Proposition 8. Many legal analysts believe the court will side with the voters' right to adopt the measure. [...]
Proposition 8 campaign manager Frank Schubert called the TV ads "well produced" and a departure from what the gay movement did to try to defeat Proposition 8. Those ads didn't feature gay couples boldly, as these do.
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