California Passes Same-Sex Marriage Ban

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In an election otherwise full of liberal triumphs, the gay rights movement suffered a stunning defeat as California voters approved a ban on same-sex marriages that overrides a recent court decision legalizing them.

The constitutional amendment - widely seen as the most momentous of the nation's 153 ballot measures - will limit marriage to heterosexual couples, the first time such a vote has taken place in a state where gay unions are legal.

Gay-rights activists had a rough election elsewhere as well. Ban-gay-marriage amendments were approved in Arizona and Florida, and Arkansas voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents. Supporters made clear that gays and lesbians were their main target.

In California, with 95 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday, the ban had 5,125,752 votes, or 52 percent, while there were 4,725,313 votes, or 48 percent, opposed.

Similar bans had prevailed in 27 states before Tuesday's elections, but none were in California's situation - with about 18,000 gay couples married since a state Supreme Court ruling in May. The state attorney general, Jerry Brown, has said those marriages will remain valid, although legal challenges are possible.

Spending for and against the amendment reached $74 million, making it the most expensive social-issues campaign in U.S. history and the most expensive campaign this year outside the race for the White House.

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  • by C on Nov 10, 2008 at 12:19 PM
    To K: I stand corrected on my use of the word ''phobia''. I think you and I have both demonstrated that we are able to disagree with others without getting nasty about it, and I will not deviate from that now. No one can say that I've said anything about hating gays or have displayed prejudice towards them . I am only saying that I find the whole idea disgusting and abhorrent. I would not try to tell anyone how to live; and as a Christian I know that God sees ALL sin the same: just wrong. As I understand the Bible, it is not any one particular sin that keeps one out of Heaven. Any specific sin an un-saved person commits is, in His view, simply a manifestation of one's lost condition. When I made the comment about ''heterophobia'' I was simply trying to illustrate the absurdity of the word ''homophobia''. God loves all of us, even the un-saved, no matter what sins they commit..but He makes it clear that those who reject His offer of salvation will not get into Heaven. Take care, C
  • by T Location: NC on Nov 10, 2008 at 08:13 AM
    Gays don't bother anyone? Why is it that they refer to us heteros as "breeders"? Also, why should I have to worry about what my children will see them do in public?! There are some gays who have the decency to keep their affection behind closed doors and to those I say "thank you". Children are bombarded with so many things today, their impressionable young minds can't keep up. I just want to determine for myself when to tell my kids about such things. I even read a blog by a gay man who lives in Florida. He said himself that he won't go to "gay days" anymore because of the deviant behavior he has witnessed. He also admitted that these people don't help their cause. I am raising my children to live by God's word. Therefore, I would appreciate not having to deal with homosexuality at this point in their lives. So, gays, live your lives...just don't advertise it in public!!
  • by T Location: NC on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    WOW!!! California actually did something right! 'Nuf said!
  • by Anonymous Location: A more tolerant place than NC on Nov 7, 2008 at 06:03 AM
    People need to stop judging other people and accept that there are different people out there. God created and loves them all. Don't press religious hatred on someone for your own fear and hatred. Try teaching God's love, compassion and mercy rather than stoning people that Jesus himself would not stone. Have you ever read the Bible in the original language or is it a translation to you. Try learning the original language and then reading it. If you are not gay, the issue really has nothing to do with you or how you feel. If it doesn't affect you personally, and having gay and lesbians married does not discredit your own marriage. You will still have your marriage, your divorce rate and your broken homes. As the Bible says.."worry about the beam in your own eye first before you try to remove the twig from your brother's eye". My God is a loving God and does not make junk. He in all of his wisdom created every living thing including the people you are judging and casting stones at.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2008 at 08:40 PM
    I know in todays life it is necessary that we believe the way we want to. I just want to point out from the word of GOD,that homosexuality is a sin.I know many of you is thinking think that by me saying that, that I am judging, hating, or whatever, nope, sorry i am not hating nor judging. but homosexuality is a sin and many of you know this is to be true, not because of any christian has said it, any leader,or any other person say it, it is because it is the word of GOD. you have to chose of who you will believe, yet eithe way it is your choice and yours alone.
  • by K Location: Greenville on Nov 6, 2008 at 06:30 PM
    To C: homophobia would not be listed that way if it were an allergy. It would have the ending of itis. Such as Allergic Rhinitis. Just to clarify since you took the word from my post. Here is your definition: Homophobia (from Greek ὁμο homo(sexual), "same, equal" φοβία (phobia), "fear") is a non-scientific term[3][4] used to describe the fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.[5][6] It can also mean hatred, hostility, disapproval of, or prejudice towards homosexuals, or homosexual behavior or cultures. I have never heard someone gay say they disapproved of a person being heterosexual. What I have heard said is this..I have nothing against straight people, I just want to live my life as they are allowed to live theirs without prejudice or hatred towards me or my family. I want to be able to love, worship, and be as equal as they are in a society to which I fight for my country, pay my taxes and abide by the laws. Big difference in statements.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Nov 6, 2008 at 04:43 PM
    God, my God, will take christians anyway he can get them. And I truly thank him for allowing me to become evolved enough that I can live and love all kinds of people. While I am heterosexual, my very best friend for the last 39 years is a gay male. Do I condone it, no. Does it get in the way of our friendship? Not at all. I'm a fat old broad and that doesn't matter to my gay friend. For that matter, do you people really think God is going to keep me out of heaven because I overheat? Get over yourselves "Christians." I only hope that before you die, you get some measure of peace that will allow you not to harbor hate in your heart.
  • by C on Nov 6, 2008 at 03:02 PM
    Another thing I have a problem with is the word ''homophobia''. I am not allergic to homosexuals [unless you count the fact that the very idea makes me nauseous] , nor am I afraid of them. I don't think it's right to label those who disagree with this so-called ''alternative lifestyle'' in such a way as to imply that WE are the ones with the problem. I, and many others, simply do not now, nor will we ever, accept that which we know to be deviant and morally repugnant. Perhaps those of you who feel the opposite way could be termed ''heterophobic'' ?
  • by C on Nov 6, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    To Ryan : I commend you on your ability to make your point with those of dissenting opinions without getting nasty about it. I sincerely hope that you've seen likewise from me. Anyhow, I read John's post. In like manner, ''IM'' said all I wanted to say in theirs. Also, hello to you, ''I''. Thank YOU for the very kind words. Ryan, John, I guess neither of us will convince the other of our respective arguments. But it has been downright enjoyable having the discussion. Respectfully, C
  • by K Location: Greenville on Nov 6, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    I - As I said, You have a right to view things as you do. Nothing I can say will change that. Beating someone over the head about sin is not going to change a person or what you perceive as sin. Showing them love through Christ by your own actions will do more good than any stone that is ever cast. You have your view of this and I have mine. I choose to let God work it out for himself because I know he knows more of what he is doing than I do. I trust in him and my faith in him and his promises to me and those that believe in him will not falter because of a blog. I have read the Bible, well versed in it as I am a minister (which does not make me anymore or less of a Christian than another). It just means God called me to do something different in my life than he did when he called someone to be a musician or to be a elder of a church. So God bless you as well and have a blessed week.

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