Oct 15, 2008

Prop 8 Would Eliminate the Right to Marry in California

On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that the state's law prohibiting same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, and cleared the way for weddings to begin in June. Thousands of couples have married in California since then.

Now, anti-gay groups (most from out-of-state) are pouring millions of dollars into California in support of Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that, if passed, would eliminate that right and again limit marriage in California to a contract between "one man and one woman".


Both sides have been fundraising like crazy. The "yes" side is funded by enormous contributions from religious groups, especially Mormons. At least some Mormons are criticizing their church, however, and arguing that the church is using fear to sway voters. This charge is certainly true, as the "yes on 8" campaign has flooded the airwaves with false and misleading information, including the charge that if Prop. 8 isn't passed, churches will be forced to perform same-sex weddings and schools would have to teach children about same-sex marriage -- neither of which is true.

Quite simply, what Prop. 8 would actually do is eliminate marriage equality and write discrimination into our state constitution. Get the facts (and a snazzy button like the one pictured here!) and vote no. 

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