The Prop 8 Debate

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In recent news, a hot topic has been gay marriage. Specifically the passage if Prop 8 in California during the November 2008 vote. Exactly what Proposition 8 was, is an amendment to the California constitution that would define marriage as between one man and one woman, eliminating the right of homosexual couples to marry. What question I pose about this hot issue, is why did Prop 8 pass in California? Looking deeper into the issue I believe there are a few reasons why Proposition 8 passed. To begin with, I believe a major part of the passage of Prop 8 was due to the massive amount of advertising, money, and propaganda that was circulated during the time of the vote. In total, both sides of the ballot donated 83 million dollars. Of that…show more content…
As it is well known, the November 2008 vote was a monumental one. The nation elected its first African American president. It is my belief that due to this important election, there were many first time voters and many voters who normally don’t vote. Specifically, the African American community, that is liberal in its views on civil liberties however, conservative on its views of what is morally right and wrong. This dilemma may have caused many to second guess their decisions because the gay rights movement is similar to the African American rights movement of the 1960’s. Also, many church-goers came out in masses to vote on this issue because they felt like it directly affected them in some…show more content…
It’s reported that around 16,000 gay and lesbian couples were married once gay marriages were legalized in California (Egelko). The proposition does not state that it would be applied retroactively to nullify same-sex marriages. But it says only opposite-sex marriage can be recognized in California indicating that it was meant to deny recognition to all same-sex marriages, including those that were legal before the election (Egelko). If it does negate all the marriages that took place before the election, there is going to be a big problem in the state of

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