In an election otherwise full of liberal triumphs, the gay rights movement suffered a stunning defeat as California voters approved a ban on same-sex marriages that overrides a recent court decision legalizing them.
The constitutional amendment — widely seen as the most momentous of the nation's 153 ballot measures — will limit marriage to heterosexual couples, the first time such a vote has taken place in a state where gay unions are legal.
Gay-rights activists had a rough election elsewhere as well. Ban-gay-marriage amendments were approved in Arizona and Florida, and Arkansas voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents. Supporters made clear that gays and lesbians were their main target.
In California, with 95 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday, the ban had 5,125,752 votes, or 52 percent, while there were 4,725,313 votes, or 48 percent, opposed.
Similar bans had prevailed in 27 states before Tuesday's elections, but none were in California's situation — with about 18,000 gay couples married since a state Supreme Court ruling in May. The state attorney general, Jerry Brown, has said those marriages will remain valid, although legal challenges are possible.
Spending for and against the amendment reached $74 million, making it the most expensive social-issues campaign in U.S. history and the most expensive campaign this year outside the race for the White House.
I believed Prop 8 had a good chance of passing, simply because Californians had already made their feelings clear on their opposition to gay marriage before the state Supreme Court maliciously overturned the ban. So now what? Well, of course, the alternative lifestyle crowd will run back to the courts in the hope that they can once again get 4 or 5 judges to defy the will of the people. More reason for conservatives to stand up & fight, do like Sarah Palin had the courage to do, and say out loud that homosexuality is a choice that special rights should not be given to given to by the gov't.
Then too conservatives should be offended by how gay advocates have continued to use the blacks and the civil rights movement as a way to normalize homosexuality for their own cause (indeed, Blacks in Cali are so tired of gays jumping on the civil rights bandwagon that they overwhelmingly voted to pass Prop 8). It's because gays can't argue gay marriage on its own merit, they simply have no genetic proof to offset the popular lie that gays are "born that way" (i.e. "sexual orientation"). Marriage is rooted in Judeo-Christian ideology, existing long before laws came into existence. People who engage in homosexuality and their advocates on the Left are only out to make a mockery of marriage and destroy Christianity at the same time. No matter what the courts decide, protecting marriage remains a must.