Monday, June 02, 2008

Majority of Californian's Views Now Favor Same-Sex Marriage

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Press-Enterprise

A majority of Californians now support same-sex marriages and oppose a constitutional ban on them, the first time in 31 years that voters have favored such unions, according to a statewide poll.

"This is a groundbreaking poll. The line has been crossed," said Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo on Tuesday. The poll said Californians accept such marriages 51 percent to 42 percent.

But there remain deep divisions among Californians along regional, political, religious and age categories, the Field Poll released Tuesday concluded.

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Looks like the vote on marriage that opponents of equality want is not going to be to their liking. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out. Opponents of gay marriage in Massachusetts tried to pass a similar amendment but had to gain approval of at least 25% of the legislators, yet could not muster even that minimal support. This sent them a clear message, "Don't bother", and they have not since.


Paul Jamieson said...

So let them vote

Paul Jamieson said...

California Residents to Vote on Gay Marriage Ban Come November
Monday, June 02, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO — An initiative that would again outlaw gay marriage in California has qualified for the November ballot, the Secretary of State announced Monday.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said a random check of signatures submitted by the measure's sponsors showed that they had gathered enough names for it to be put to voters.

The measure would amend the state constitution to "provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

If approved by a majority of voters on Nov. 4, the amendment would overturn the recent California Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state. It is similar to gay marriage bans that have been adopted in 26 other states.

In response to the Supreme Court's May 15 ruling, California public health officials already have amended marriage license applications to read "Party A" and "Party B" instead of bride and groom. Local officials have been told to start issuing the revised licenses to same-sex couples on June 17.

Gay men and lesbians would still be able to get married between then and the election, even with the initiative pending, unless the court agrees to stay its decision until after Nov. 4, as the amendment's sponsors have requested.

10 States Urge Calif. Court to Delay Finalizing Gay Marriage Ruling If the marriages proceed during the next five months, it is unclear whether they would be nullified if the amendment passes. Some legal scholars have said the Supreme Court might get called on again to settle that question.

To qualify for the ballot, the measure needed 694,354 petition signatures, an amount equal to 8 percent of the votes cast during the last governor's race.

Proponents submitted 1,120,801 signatures in late April, and county clerks determined the measure qualified by verifying the validity of 3 percent of the signatures they received, according to Bowen.

Ryan Charisma said...

in the "big scheme" of things, this is all wheel spinning. Ultimately, this is unconstitutional. There's nothing stated anywhere about preserving the sanctity of marriage in any government docuemnts including the Constitution. So try as they may, this is just one more hurdle for the bigots to cough up cash for before it gets knocked down. Because quite frankly, no one cares what anyone thinks about marriage. I don't. I stopped when the Bachelor, Flavor of Love & I Love NY were in their first seasons. Now there's some shows that respect marriage fully. Way to go straighties!

Paul Jamieson said...

you life is a bad reality show Charasma

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

Since marriages are going to start being certified in California in a matter of days the question now is that even if the vote went against gay marriage, will these marriages be anulled ex-post-facto. It they are it will be a first say my ssources.