- Entries A-Z
- Subject index
Proposition 8 (California, 2008)
Proposition 8, the California Marriage Protection Act, was a 2008 amendment to the California state constitution that defined marriage as legitimate only when it is between a man and a woman. The ballot initiative began as a response to a California Supreme Court decision in May 2008 that interpreted the constitution as allowing same-sex marriage. This decision overturned the earlier California Defense of Marriage Act, passed as Proposition 22 in 2000. During the next five months, eighteen thousand same-sex couples were legally wed. The new proposition received 52 percent of the total votes and was enacted in November 2008.
The amendment was officially sponsored by http://ProtectMarriage.com, Focus on the Family, the National Organization for Marriage, and other conservative political groups. On the other side, Equality for ...