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California’s Proposition 8 To Face Court Challenges

by @ 4:17 pm on November 5, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Politics

It looks like the fight over gay marriage in California isn’t over yet:

Civil rights groups moved quickly today to challenge Proposition 8, asking the California Supreme Court to strike down the latest attempt to ban same-sex marriage across the state.

While refusing to concede that the ballot measure has passed, gay marriage supporters nevertheless filed a petition with the state’s high court in the event the current vote holds and Proposition 8 amends the California constitution to once again outlaw marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Backers of the measure claimed victory Tuesday night with the initiative leading by a 52 to 48 percent margin.

The legal challenge maintains that Proposition 8 is invalid and takes away a “fundamental right” from “just one group — lesbian and gay Californians.” The petition argues that the state constitution cannot be amended if it violates other constitutional rights.

This ain’t over yet, folks.

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3 Responses to “California’s Proposition 8 To Face Court Challenges”

  1. Kevin says:

    The country is moving toward civil unions instead of gay marriage per se. The idea of gays getting married is still a bit frightening to most Americans and it will take some time for most to get used to the concept. Civil unions maybe all we can get for right now, but we use that to build on.

  2. Jack S. says:

    Here is an article, called “Unamendments,” on when constitutional amendments are unconstitutional: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=803864
    [available for free downloading]

  3. We’re truly satisfied that Prop 8 was overturned. I am far from gay. However I am friends with those who are. I merely really don’t understand what the big deal is about homosexual couples getting the exact same privileges we have.

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