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Majority in poll rejects gay marriage ban

A slight majority of California voters oppose a measure on the Nov. 4 ballot that would impose a constitutional ban on gay marriage, according to the first Field Poll on the measure.

The findings released Thursday are consistent with a May poll on the issue before Proposition 8 qualified for the ballot. The issue has received heightened attention since the state Supreme Court in May struck down a law approved by voters in 2000 that banned gay marriages.

This time, Californians likely to vote in the Nov. 4 election were asked specifically about Proposition 8, which would enshrine in the

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