In the election last week, California had a proposition on their ballots regarding same-sex marriages. The proposition proposed an overturn of the recent Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriages legal. The context of Proposal 8 would reestablish marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The results for this initiative have been released and the Proposal passed with 52.3% of the voters support.
These results have led to much chaos in California. Groups and organizations who worked very hard to maintain this equality for same-sex couples have faced defeat after this outcome. Here is a link to the "No on 8, Equality for All" group's website and message that they posted in regards to the election. Other forms of protest have been mass demonstrations at Catholic and Mormon churches. Supporters of maintaining equal rights for same-sex couples are enraged at the results. After all that they worked for, their attempts proved unsuccessful.
Those who oppose the maintenance of the Supreme Court decision are not surprised at the way that the supporters are behaving. But there have been many instances of harassment taken against them such as vandalization of their property and removal of signs from their yards.
Some elected officials are planning to bring a suit to argue that this proposal was unconstitutional. Santa Cruz's mayor, Coonerty has voiced is beliefs that this proposal was inappropriate. According to an article in the Central Coast, an alteration like this that takes away a constitutional right of individuals must go to the legislature and pass before it can be put on a ballot and this was not done.
It is unknown what will happen once President-Elect Barack Obama enters office. But he has made a statement as to how he feels about the issue of same-sex marriage. "I personally believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. But I also agree with most Americans, including Vice President Cheney and over 2,000 religious leaders of all different beliefs, that decisions about marriage should be left to the states as they always have been." Some individuals hope that once Barack Obama enters the Oval Office, there will be more equal rights given to gay and lesbian individuals but with this statement, it is not clear whether or not he will do anything to deter or promote same-sex marriage.
Works Cited: 1-http://vote.sos.ca.gov/Returns/props/map190000000008.html 2-http://catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=14295 3-http://obama.senate.gov/press/060607-obama_statement_26/index.php 3-http://www.mercurynews.com/centralcoast/ci_10934458 4-http://www.mercurynews.com/centralcoast/ci_10934458