What was Proposition 8?

Proposition 8 was a ballot measure on the Fall 2008 California ballot to amend how California defined marriage within its constitution.

Proposition 8 was only 14 words long. The 14 words were:

“Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

With these 14 words the public of California voted to overrule the California supreme courts ruling to allow same-sex marriage and strip away the rights same-sex couples were granted to be equal to their opposite sex couple counterparts.

Because of the way Proposition 8 was worded it because challenging for people to understand which vote they should make.

If you were in favor of allowing same-sex marriage you vote NO on 8.

If you were in favor of having same-sex couples be less whole you vote Yes on 8.

This difference confused people cause those in favor of gay rights needed to vote NO instead of YES, which is the typical response when you are in favor of something.


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