Sunday, 9 November 2008

Proposition 8

Proposition 8 was passed bringing an end to same sex marriage in California. As the Guardian reported on Friday, the measure was one of several measures that voters across the US voted on last week. Pink News has covered this story in impressive style. Their most recent report details 15,000 protesters gathered in San Francisco to protest against the measure. Legal proceedings are now being brought to say that the measure is in breach of equality legislation but given the measure was a constitutional amendment I'd be surprised if they succeed (but that may reflect my ignorance of US/Californian law). According to SF life there are three groups bringing the action. The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights argued in papers filed with the high court that the ballot initiative process “was improperly used in an attempt to undo the constitution’s core commitment to equality for everyone.” The final tally was 5,424,916 (52.4%) votes in favour of a constitutional definition of marriage being between a man and woman and 4,832,086 (47.6%) against. The full ACLU et al petition can be read here.

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