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 Before State Attorney General reworded the proposal to clarify that gay marriage, now legal in the state, will be rescinded, opposition had been recorded at 38%.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.