A California court has ruled that the AG's wording change for their marriage amendment is OK:
In a written ruling issued Friday morning Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley said that the title and summary accurately summarizes the proposition.
"There is nothing inherently argumentative or prejudicial about transitive verbs, and the Court is not willing to fashion a rule that would require the Attorney General to engage in useless nominalization," Frawley wrote.
The decision is a setback for gay marriage foes who say they will appeal.
For your information, here was the language change that the judge just approved:
The original ballot language read:
[Prop 8] Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
The election official's change, however, gives the legislation a more straightforward read:
[Prop 8] Changes California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry. Provides that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Fiscal Impact: Over the next few years, potential revenue loss, mainly sales taxes, totaling in the several tens of millions of dollars, to state and local governments. In the long run, likely little fiscal impact to state and local governments.
Update: And they won't be appealing. This will stick.