CA Proposition 8, already struggling, now looks dead in the water after rewording

Associated Press reported on Thursday, 18 September, 2008 that support for Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to make gay marriage constitutionally invalid, is down to 38%.  Before State Attorney General reworded the proposal to clarify that gay marriage, now legal in the state, will be rescinded, opposition had been recorded at 38%.  The title of the reworded ballot initiative is now  “Eliminates Right of Same-sex Couples to Marry.”  55% of likely voters now say they will oppose the ban.  A simple majority is required to pass an amendment to the California constitution.

Meanwhile the New York Times reported yesterday that Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to help the campaign against Proposition 8, saying “Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8.”  Bruce Bastian, the Utah-based co-founder of Word Perfect Corp, has also donated $1 million to the campaign.  Bastian was also a principal donor in the campaign against a similar proposition which passed in Utah in 2004.

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4 Responses

  1. This seems like good news all around – the rewording was the right thing to do, and most voters who have a thought in their brains are not going to strip away rights that have already been granted. But the nasty television ads and such from the right wing haven’t started yet… it could be a nasty fight come late October.

    TPQ

    PS – thanks for the comment on trailerparkqueer – you’re right, it is about changing minds – that’s the spirit of grassroots activism.

  2. Yes! so few people have been aware of the devastation that happens when any behavior rules ones soul. When recruiters deceive hurting people from broken families, trading true love for a sexual imitation known even by the most innocent to be unnatural in every way. Sad to say but gays are victims by recruiters with a need to be loved. Just as a drug dealer expands his buyers so recruiters net the innocent. Only 6% of gays get married world wide in condoning countries, this issue is not about love but about the imitation of love where sex becomes the drug. SO the real issue is not true love but access to changing public school books where recruiting is being focused… He waits to Help

  3. how sad and disappointing that proposition 8 to BAN actually got a second life. the religious fundamentalists have won. hopefully a short-lived victory. sad to read your post that in september this looked dead.

  4. I’m not downhearted. Congress can easily kill all of these bans by repealing federal DOMA. It isn’t a priority for the first few months but I would expect to see something of the sort some time in the next session.

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