Some people in California think that men should be able to marry other men, and women should be able to marry other women. Others disagree with them. In 2000, there was a ballot initiative (Proposition 22) to declare, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In 2005 the California legislature passed the “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act” which made same-sex marriage legal in California. Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed it. They passed it again in 2007, and again, the Governator vetoed it.
Sick of the constant attacks, some groups decided to make this a constitutional issue and amend the California constitution to read that marriage was between a man and a woman. Thus began the “Proposition 8” fight.
In May of 2008 the Supreme Court of California said that to ban gay marriage was unconstitutional (they said it violated the equal rights protection clause). This made same-sex marriage legal in California.
Some people in California spent a lot of money telling people to vote for the passage of Proposition 8, which would amend the constitution to read “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California” (sound familiar?).
Californians spoke on Tuesday, and Proposition 8 passed by a margin of 52.5% to 47.5% against.
I can understand if some legislators passed a law that Californians don’t like…vote them out and vote in other people to change the law. I can understand if the court ruled a ban on gay marriage unconstitutional (I don’t agree with it, but I understand it). But when you are overruled by a majority of the people in your state, I think it’s time to face facts: gay marriage is now illegal in California. Period. So riot all you want, protest all you want. The Constitution is the final stop on the legal express. If the people (who run this country, by the way) say that marriage is between a man and a woman, and you disagree, you either need to live with it, or move to Canada. We the people spoke, and You the other people need to deal.