Alex Blaze

Initiative to limit marriage will be on California ballot in November

Filed By Alex Blaze | June 03, 2008 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, Politics, The Movement
Tags: ballot initiatives, Barack Obama, California, John McCain, marriage

It's official:

California voters will have a chance to overturn the recent state Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage just five months from now, as the secretary of state certified a measure to define marriage as "between a man and a woman" for the November ballot.

Proponents of the measure submitted more than 1.1 million signatures to qualify for the general election ballot. A random sampling by the secretary of state's office determined they had collected more than the 694,354 valid signatures needed.

But it won't contain any vague language to try to ban DP's that'll do who-knows-what to state law:

The new measure would insert the sentence, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," into the state constitution, thereby overruling the court's decision.

Well, we knew that was coming. And at least the language wouldn't go and get rid of the state's DP's.

California has one of the best state apparatuses out there when it comes to LGBT activism. And the state has moved significantly towards accepting the idea that two dudes or two ladies can marry in their state. Take that with Democrats being overall much more enthused about this race than Republicans (months after becoming the presumptive nominee, McCain is still losing a quarter of the primary vote to people who just show up to show how much they hate him) and Obama registering and exciting a whole bunch of young and progressive voters, and we might see the second marriage ban rejected at the polls in the history of the country, with this being the first that focused exclusively on marriage (in Arizona, the strategy focused on the fact that their ballot initiative went beyond just banning marriage).

Also, there will be marriages in the interim, even with ten other states writing a letter to California to have their decision stayed until November:

10 state attorneys general wrote a letter to the California Supreme Court asking them to delay their decision until the November election. And [CA attorney general] Jerry Brown's all "no thanks!"

So there we go.

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I'm hopeful that the amendment will fail. Recent polling showed a majority of Californians now "approve" of same-sex marriage. (I hate using the word "approve" as if we're needy kids seeking attention. Bah.)

I'm confused - I thought that the Supreme Court still had to make a ruling about whether or not the ballot initiative was valid. That decision wasn't supposed to come out until June 16th. Did they jump the gun?

The article says that it's the CA sec. of state that approves the ballot measure. Maybe there's another challenge to it, though.