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California to oppose all five Schwarzenegger-backed measures
on November ballot

Equality
California to oppose all five Schwarzenegger-backed measures
on November ballot

California's most prominent gay rights group is telling Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that it's payback time for his veto last month of a bill that would have granted marriage rights to same-sex couples. Equality California is taking aim at five ballot proposals the Republican governor is backing in a special election scheduled for November 8. On the list: Proposition 74, which, among other things, would make it harder for new teachers to gain tenure. Equality California says that would make it easier for districts to target teachers because of their sexual orientation. Proposition 76 would give the governor broad new powers to limit state spending, removing some guaranteed funding to schools and health care programs. The group worries that it could cut off vital services to people living with HIV. And Proposition 77 would change who draws up political districts--Equality California says it's an attempt to elect more antigay legislators and defeat those who voted for the marriage equality bill. The group also opposes the two other propositions: One would require doctors to notify parents before performing an abortion on a minor, and the other would force labor unions to get the permission of members before donating dues to political campaigns. (Matthew Nathan, Sirius OutQ News)

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