(Closed) California’s Prop 8 :(

posted 13 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
140 posts
Blushing bee

i live in california and voted no to prop 8 so i’m extremely disappointed.  even though i’m not gay, i still strongly believe in separation of church and state.  i am shocked it passed given the liberal population.

Post # 4
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks

I too was shocked and disheartened.  I just don’t get it. 🙁

Post # 5
3793 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I was thrilled to be getting married in California where the same right that I had was extended to all people.  I hope that right is restored before my planned wedding.

Those of us who opposed Prop 8 are not giving up.  Suits are being filed and this will be reviewed.  I truly don’t understand how we could write discrimination into the state constitution…

Like Amy, I am concerned that religious interest could influence the constitution of a state.

Post # 6
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Auberge du Soleil

I’m so dissapointed by this! A sour note on an otherwise happy election. When we picked up our marriage license in San Francisco it was so awesome to see so many same-sex couples.

Post # 7
18 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008 - Ten Mile Station

Bittersweet doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings about the passage of Prop 8 in comparison to the general election.

Discrimination is discrimination. Denying same-sex couples the right to marry based on their sexual orientation is DISCRIMINATION!

I don’t get it either!

Post # 8
5 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

I, too, am shocked at the election results.  There seemed to be some much support on the No side, I just don’t understand how this happened.  And I agree with misscookie.  Discrimination should not be tolerated, regardless of how it is shrouded.  Sad.  Just sad. 

Post # 9
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I live in California and voted no, so I’m truly and shocked and so sad that somehow the Yes’ still won. 

Post # 10
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I am very saddened by this.  On the same day that we have a major milestone in electing the first african-american president, the rights of others to marry is being denied.  Another major one some may not have heard about is in Arkansas which passed a ban on adoptions and fostering of children to those who are unmarried.   This also seems to be a block of same-sex couples to adopt in my opinion.  Here’s a story on it:


What happened to moving forward? 

Post # 11
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I live in the OC and voted no.  I was so upset about this Prop even being on the ballot, let alone passing.  California is now the first state to overturn same sex marriage.  I am really sad as well.  Although I must say that the Prop was written with extremely confusing narrative so if you were unsure of the Prop you could have actually cast a Yes vote when you mean No.

Post # 12
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I cried for two reasons after election day. One was for Barack Obama and how far we’ve come as a nation. The other was because some people still do not understand that equality is a RIGHT. I hope one day we will look back on this the same way we look at laws preventing interracial marriage. Writing discrimination into California’s constitution is a shameful thing.

Also, bans were passed in Florida and Arizona. A ban on unwed couples living together who wish to adopt or foster children was passed in another state (I want to say Arkansas. Please correct me if I am wrong.) It was meant to stop gay couples from adopting. Shocked and saddened are two adjectives to describe my feelings, but I am not willing to accept defeat.

Post # 13
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2021 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

It saddened me, but, unfortunately, did not completely surprise me.  I had hope that it would not pass but realistically I did not truly believe that it would be a landslide.

What I can say, though, is that the percentage by which it passed is quite small.  Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope that in due time, opinions will change and the outcome will be reversed.  I can only hope.

Post # 14
10 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think the worst part is there was no grandfather clause (as far as I’ve read), so all the couples that did get married now have a usless piece of paper or as I see it, a slap in the face.

A wedding should be a joyful union of two people in love. 

I’m not getting married in a church and I suppose there’s no technical reason we have to actually sign a wedding licence to please the state, but it does (and I can’t explain why) make a difference that we are "legally" getting hitched

The "getting married" part is the most important thing, that symbolism just means so much – we’ve been together 10 years already and getting married will make a difference to us.

To be told that you’re not allowed to do that, to have that joyful celebration – oh I can’t imagine how all those same sex couples, who want that, now feel, I know it would crush me.  My heart goes out to those affected.

Post # 15
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Interestingly, it seems like the same voters that made the difference for Obama also helped Prop 8 pass:




Post # 16
1308 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m in Florida, and although I voted "No," it also passed here. I was very upset, although I am not at all surprised. I know although I told as many people as I could about how it was hurting both gay and heterosexual people, I could only do so much. I never once saw a sign to say "No" to prop 2. There were "Say Yes" signs on every corner, though, and lots of people had stickers on their vehicles. I know if I had not taken the time to really look at the Amendements before I voted (as many people don’t!), I could have possibly voted "Yes" just becuase I kept seeing it everywhere. If the only campaigning you see is one-sided, it is very possible you may just check that box without thinking. I kept trying to figure out where all of the "No" people were. The "Yes" people even had a logo and everything.

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