Utahns Approve Gay Marriage Amendment

Utahns Approve Gay Marriage Amendment

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

According to exit poll analysis, the amendment enjoyed support from the strong majority of Republican voters in the state.

Even about a quarter of voters who identified themselves as Democrats said they voted for the amendment.

The measure passed despite vigorous opposition by critics who say the measure will invite legal battles and endanger rights.

Other questions from Tuesday:

--Open space: The $150 million bond issue known as Initiative 1 failed. The measure would have preserved open space, promote clean water and air, build parks and construct government buildings with an increase in the sales tax of one-twentieth of a cent. But the issue drew opponents, including the Utah Farm Bureau and outgoing Gov. Olene Walker, who said the bond issue has too much pork.

--University inventions: Amendment 2, which would allow colleges and universities to invest in companies whose products are developed based on the inventing school's intellectual property, passed.

--Impeachment: Amendment 1, which would allow Utah's House and Senate to convene a special session for impeachment proceedings, passed. (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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