There is a heated battle going on in California over the redefining of the word “marriage.” Last week, activists chose the Mormon Temple near UCLA to act out because of the church’s visibility, and because some members of the Mormon Church contributed to the passage of Prop. 8.
The definition of “marriage” has been a contentious issue for some time now in California.
In March 7, 2000, Proposition 22 appeared on the California state-wide ballot. This proposition explictly defined the union of a man and a woman as the only valid or recognizable form of “marriage. Voters spoke loud and clear in favor of adopting Prop 22; it won with a margin of 22.4% (61.4% to 38%).
As we all know, however, the “raison d’etre” for an activist is activism. Democracy? The will of the people? No worries…if gay activists do not win at the ballot box, they will sue in the Courts. And sue they did; on May 15 2008, the Supreme Court of California overturned Prop. 22.
Consequently, on November 4, 2008, a proposition restricting constitutional language defining “marriage” appeared on the California ballot; this proposition ammends the language in the California constitution. Prop 8 effectively annuls the Supreme Court’s argument vis-a-vis the unconstitutionality of Prop. 22.
Proposition 8 was put to California voters on November 4th. The ballot language was very simple, only two sentences, I believe. Yes or no? Do you support amending the California constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to that of a union between a man and a woman? That was the choice.
The ballot measure passed. 52.2% to 47.8% yes, in favor of restricting the definition of marriage to a man and a woman. A simple statement, reflecting the centuries of tradition. California voters decided, yet again, not to change the definition of marriage. The will of the people in a democracy.
Please note that California legally allows for Civil Unions between same-sex couples, and these Civil Unions grant same-sex couples all state-level rights and obligations of marriage.