Topic: Proposition 8
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proposition 8 Overview from Sacbee
Proposition 8 is the latest development in the legal battle over same-sex marriage in California. Approved by a 52.1 percent margin on Nov. 4, 2008, the constitutional amendment defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Prior to the election on May 16, the California Supreme Court ruled by a 4-3 vote that the state constitution gave gays and lesbians the right to marry. Between June 16 and Nov. 4, 18,000 same-sex couples married in the state, before the initiative took effect. In 2010 U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker declared the state initiative violates gays' constitutional equal-protection and due process rights, an opinion upheld by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court Appeals Court. Late in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review both Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal same-sex marriage ban passed by Congress in 1996.

From the Bee's archive:

March 1, 2013: California Democrats sign brief in DOMA case, but not Prop. 8 (

Feb. 28, 2013: Field Poll: Same-sex marriage support climbs sharply, hits 61%

Dec. 8, 2012: Court's decision on Prop. 8 could affect gay marriage laws across nation (

Dec. 2, 2012: Regardless of court ruling, opinion on gay marriage has moved (

Nov. 30, 2012: Preparations under way for possible gay marriages in California(
proposition 8 Videos

More Information
  • Perry v. Schwarzenegger video re-enactment - "Working from court transcripts and first-hand accounts from bloggers who are present at the trial, we are re-enacting the trial and posting it here for public viewing. "
  • Campaign for Children and Families - Supporters of Prop 8. "We are your pro-family organization dedicated to defending and representing the values of parents, grandparents and concerned citizens who believe in family, faith and freedom."