It's pretty much official. With 95 percent of the precincts reporting, the Proposition 8 vote to ban same-sex marriage is 52.1 percent for and 47.9 percent against. Shameful. And what's truly stunning about the results - though not surprising - is that African Americans voted overwhelmingly against extending to gay people the civil rights once denied them. One possible factor behind the yes vote: depressed voter turnout in California due to the early calls back east in the presidential race. The ironies are mind-boggling.
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