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Prop 8 Upheld, Gay Marriage Ban Remains

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The California Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8, the controversial voter-approved ban on same sex marriage.

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In a decision announced moments ago, the court upheld the law but allowed the marriages of nearly 18,000 couples who were married before the measure's approval last November to remain valid. Thousands plan to participate in rallies all over California today in response to the court's ruling.

Eight years ago, California voters approved Proposition 22, which specified in state law that only marriages between a man and a woman are valid in California. But in May 2008, the state Supreme Court ruled the law was unconstitutional because it discriminated against gays, and soon after thousands of couples got married.

Same-sex marriage opponents quickly got Proposition 8 on the November ballot, and it was approved by a margin of 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent.

62-year-old Jeannie Rizzo, who was one of the lead plaintiffs along with her wife, Polly Cooper, said "It's not about whether we get to stay married. Our fight is far from over. I have about 20 years left on this earth, and I'm going to continue to fight for equality every day."

Are you outraged ... or do you support the court's decision? SOUND OFF!

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MS May 26, 2009, 2:34 PM

The people voted and their vote was upheld —- per the Constitution.

TB May 26, 2009, 2:38 PM

The people also voted for slavery once. Should we go back to that?

JG May 26, 2009, 2:49 PM

TB - No, the people voted against it and it is now against the law. Per the Constitution.

Anonymous May 26, 2009, 2:53 PM

i cannot believe in this day in age ppl are still so ignortant. to me love is love and love is blind. god forbid one of these ppl has a child or grandchild who happens to be gay and wants to marry his partner and cant.why cant we grow as ppl its 2009 come on already

Whatev May 26, 2009, 3:07 PM

I don’t understand why it’s such a damn big deal. Marriage is a piece of paper, a document. If you love someone, and you’re committed - you’re married in your heart already. Why does the gay community feel the need to push the issue?

Stephanie May 26, 2009, 3:25 PM

NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. If gays and lesbians aren’t being represented by their government, and they obviously aren’t since they cannot get married like every other citizen, they shouldn’t be taxed. And for all people stating that this isn’t that big a deal, then they should think of it this way-what if interracial marriage was outlawed? What if people with disabilities couldn’t get married? What if certain religious groups weren’t allowed to get married? Or what if you had to have a certain income to get married? As insane as those ideas sound, that’s what’s being done here. People are being told they’re less of a person because of their sexuality-they don’t have the rights to like every other person. Those who support taking freedoms away from others, deserve none themselves.

Kate May 26, 2009, 3:34 PM

That’s akin to saying, “Well, black people don’t even like Indian food, so why should they care that they cant’ enter this restaurant?” There are multiple benefits to being married, tax breaks, estate tax benefits, life insurance benefits, etc. If a church chooses not to recognize these unions, that is one thing, but for the government to not allow them is just more morality pushing, and it is NOT constitutional.

not p.c. May 26, 2009, 4:04 PM

I’m glad they ruled to uphold prop 8. I don’t believe in gay marriage at all. Marriage is between one man and one woman not man and man or woman and woman or one man and five wives or one man and his dog or any other variation ppl can come up with.

K May 26, 2009, 4:07 PM

What about 3, 4 or 5 some’s whowant to marry? or a father and 18 year old daughter? They love one another.

This was about the vote of the people. Repect that.

Gigohead  May 26, 2009, 4:39 PM

It proves to me that there are more ignorant Miss California’s in that state than Perez Hiltons. I would think the state would be more liberal, I guess not!

not p.c. May 26, 2009, 5:03 PM

NO Gigohead, what it proves it that the harder gays push the issue the harder the rest of us are going to push back. As far as California goes I’m proud to see that just because HOLLYWOOD is so liberal the rest of them are not. Marriage is between ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN!

Soynugget May 26, 2009, 5:06 PM

To all those ignorant hatemongers (ahem, not p.c.) who voted to take away the rights of an entire class of citizens - why do you care if marriage is between a man and woman or two women and two men? A GAY COUPLE MARRYING WILL NEVER AFFECT YOU PERSONALLY! I’m still waiting to hear one sane, logical answer to this question.

... May 26, 2009, 7:45 PM

This is not the kind of thing that the people should even get to vote on in the first place. It’s an issue of minority rights, and public opinion has throughout American history been in favor of things that we now view as grave injustices. Plus, the court found the last ban unconstitutional—thus, it should never have made it back on the ballot, and should never have been allowed into law. It was unconstitutional. God, no one seems to appreciate the judiciary branch anymore, but it’s important, and it’s decisions shouldn’t be open to being reversed by a vote. It’s there specifically to combat the tyranny of the majority.

Aside from that, I just don’t see why people are so against gay marriage. Yes, it’s against your religious sensibilities. So are a lot of things, like adultery, but that’s still legal. Because you can’t use the law to force people to behave “morally.” You can use the law to force “morality” only as far as to protect people, but questions of personal ethics are, well, personal, and should not be resolved through law, so I don’t get why there’s such a religious push to make sure gays can’t marry. It’s not like you’re going to stop them from having sex, which is really the only part of their marriage that violates your religion. What, does God not want emotionally committed gay couples to have the same legal benefits as straight couples?

david12234 May 26, 2009, 8:45 PM

Look in that picture only one lesbian is dressed in a white wedding gown. The other one in the green dress is presumably the “groom”. Does she also wear the strap on during their honeymoon?

Let the lesbians marry (that’s hot!), but not the gaylords.

Anonymous May 26, 2009, 9:50 PM

If the issue had gone the other way and 51% had voted for gay marriage would democracy work then? You cannot decide that democracy is viable only if your side wins.The reason it is a big deal to some people of a religious persuasion is because once it is law churches will be mandated to recognize it or lose thier non-profit status. Photographers and wedding planners could be forced to be involved in unions that are clearly not condoned by their religion or be sued. There are same sex unions and they afford all the legal rights of married couples. This is about gay acceptance plain and simple and some people are religously mandated not to accept it. Whose rights are to be infringed upon? Well that depends on where you are viewing the controversy from.

Anonymous May 26, 2009, 10:00 PM

marriage is between a MAN and WOMAN period

Myro May 26, 2009, 11:00 PM

I have one Q here.. Wasn’t Adam & Eve were married as HUSBAND & WIFE? I mean at that time, there’s no such thing as GAY MARRIAGE OR LESBIAN MARRIAGE.. So, where THIS KIND OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE came from in the first place? OMG, the world is getting insane.. (in my opinion)

Anyone, can answer my Q please do so..
Thank you.. :)

Tina May 26, 2009, 11:32 PM

I guess “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” does count:) -I think this is awesome and as a mom is the best decision for my children. I’m so glad to know there are people with connected morals and values that are sticking together and taking a stand for what we believe is right. And not deminishing our values to the level of being “politically correct”

Ann May 26, 2009, 11:41 PM

Narrow minded, prejudiced jerks. This makes me so angry. Live and let live. Who the hell are you to make this decision for someone you will never even know. Ugh..

Ann May 26, 2009, 11:45 PM

It’s not just being politically correct, it’s being accepting of others. That is something you should want to teach your children, not how to hate or think you can govern someone just because you don’t agree with their lifestyle. Teach acceptance, not prejudice….

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