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  California State Sen. Pete Knight, Prominent Gay Marriage Opponent, Dead at 74
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Last EditedMr. Techno  May 08, 2004 04:17pm
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News DateSaturday, May 8, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionLOS ANGELES (AP) - State Sen. William J. "Pete" Knight, who wrote California's gay marriage ban and took it directly to voters after twice failing to get it through the Legislature, has died of leukemia. He was 74.

Knight died of an acute form of the cancer Friday night at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, his communications director David Orosco said Saturday.

Knight, a Republican from Palmdale, has been absent from his seat since April 12 because of his illness.

"The worst thing about this is he wanted to keep working, going, contributing," said Knight's wife, Gail. "He wanted to live. He wanted to try. God had a different plan."
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