Six months after the California Supreme Court sanctioned same-sex marriage in the state, voters Tuesday were repealing the landmark decision with about half the precincts reporting.
Proposition 8, the most passionately debated and costliest measure on the ballot, was ahead 53 percent to 47 percent with 51 percent of precincts reporting.
Frank Schubert, manager of the Yes on 8 campaign, declared victory shortly after midnight – but opponents called that declaration "presumptuous."
"We had more than 100,000 (supporters) walk precincts for us, and they have delivered a great victory," Schubert told supporters.
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But Dennis Mangers, co-chairman of No on 8 Northern California Committee, said the outcome of the measure was still in doubt.
"We're absolutely astounded they would be so presumptuous," Mangers said. "I firmly believe that when I wake up in the morning I will find the voters of California said 'no' to discrimination."
While supporters of the measure cited strong voter support in the Central Valley and in pockets of urban areas, opponents noted that half the vote not been tallied.
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