Early Votes Project Prop 8 Passage

As exciting as an Obama presidency may be, we’re afraid we must bring you some bad news. Though it’s not official, it looks as if California’s same-sex marriages may be no more:

After an intense campaign that cost more than $75 million, California’s voters were leaning ever closer early today to approving a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, dealing a huge blow to the gay rights movement and likely setting the stage for another round of court battles over the volatile issue.

While the Yes on 8 campaign claimed victory just before midnight, advocates of same-sex marriage were clinging to hopes that a surge of support from uncounted votes in coastal counties could still overcome the ban.

With 90.8 percent of the precincts reporting as of 4:25 a.m., Proposition 8 has 51.9 percent of the yes votes.

The ban would go into immediate effect and no doubt spark legal woes for the thousands of couples who married after the state’s Supreme Court gave the green light this summer.

We’ll keep you posted…