November 08, 2008

In the News: Prop 8 Propped Up

Along with the presidential election this past week, voters also weighed in on a series of propositions. Californians faced a decision called Proposition 8, which eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry. In May of this year the California Supreme Court recognized same-sex marriage as a fundamental right, and about 18,000 same-sex couples in California had wed since the ruling.

I had fully expected the motion to fail, so I was surprised to see that California's Prop 8 passed. I have always believed California to be one of the most liberal states in the US, but this past week they revoked same-sex marriage. It is not often that Americans vote to take civil liberties away from individuals after they have been granted.
The tally to date is 52.4% for and 47.6% against defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, a difference of about 0.5M votes.

Reuters link

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