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Georgia governor vows special session if gay marriage appeal slows

(Atlanta-AP) May 17, 2006 - Governor Perdue says he'll call a special legislative session to work up another constitutional ban on same-sex marriages if the state Supreme Court doesn't rule on the issue by August seventh.

The state filed a notice of appeal with the court Wednesday afternoon in response to a Superior Court judge's decision to overturn the ban approved by voters in 2004.

Perdue will want the Legislature to put the ballot issue before voters again this year if the ban isn't upheld by the state's highest court.

All ballot language for the November seventh general election must be submitted to the Secretary of State's office by August 14th to allow plenty of time. A special session of the Legislature could last at least a week.

In the state's appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court, Attorney General Thurbert Baker said he will ask for an expedited ruling. Court spokesman Rick Diquette says if the judges grant that request, the arguments could be heard before August, although the court's calendar is already filling up into September.

Posted 10:09pm by Chantelle Janelle

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