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Agudath Israel’s California chapter is backing a proposition that would ban gay marriage.

Proposition 8, on next month’s ballot, would seek to upend a recent decision by the state’s Supreme Court that allows gay unions.

“The institution of marriage is central to the formation of a healthy society and the raising of children,” the fervently Orthodox group said in a statement Oct. 7. “It is our deep conviction that discarding the historical definition of marriage will teach our children, in whom we seek to instill the moral sensibilities of our faith, the contemporary idea that any and all sexual unions are inherently acceptable.”

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