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California Circumcision Ban Bill Signed By Gov. Jerry Brown: Circumcision Bans Will Not Make The Ballot

10/02/11 06:18 PM ET  AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's governor has signed a bill that that will prevent local governments from banning male circumcision.

Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Sunday that the Democrat signed AB768, a bill written in response to a ballot measure proposed in San Francisco.

Backers of a ban collected more than 7,700 signatures to put a measure on the November ballot in San Francisco to outlaw the circumcision of most male children. It was later blocked by a judge.

They had argued that circumcision is an unnecessary surgery that can lead to sexual and health problems later in life.

Those against the ban say it is an important religious practice for many Jews and Muslims, and that it can reduce the risk of cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

Photos of this summer's protests in favor of the circumcision ban. All photos and captions by Associated Press.
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Danielle Netherton, and her son, Tom, 16 months, both of Chico, Calif., joined a handful of protestors in a demonstration at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif,. against a measure that would short-circuit attempts to pass local laws or ballot initiatives limiting male circumcision on medical or any other basis, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, that had evolved from a ballot measure on the November ballot in San Francisco to outlaw the circumcision of most male children. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi ruled that California law says only the state, not cities can regulate medical procedures. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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