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Prop 8 UPHELD: Same-Sex Marriage is NOT Legal in California - By the VOICE of the People Who VOTE!

Updated on November 30, 2013

Defense of Marriage in California Must Step It Up!

Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda Legal, and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrate the California Supreme Court's ruling to overturn a voter-approved ban on gay marriage...(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda Legal, and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrate the California Supreme Court's ruling to overturn a voter-approved ban on gay marriage...(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Proposition 8 has passed, and restores the definition of marriage between a man and a woman.

Update: 11/5 -  California voters have once again, let their voices be known that the only definition of "Marriage" is between one man, and one woman.  Proposition 8 passed, which now restores and preserves traditional marriage in the state of California; by amending the state constitution.     

Update: 11/2 - Lest we forget the reason that we are now strongly urging a YES Vote on Proposition 8...

In a move that will and should, upset many U.S. Citizens, who value traditional marriage, which is between 'only' a man and a woman -- the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday May 15, 2008 that a ban on gay marriage was unlawful. What this means, is that now, same-sex couples are free to tie the knot in a landmark ruling.



This surprise decision coming out from the California Supreme Court, has some people feeling that this could have nationwide implications. The vote passed, by the seven-member panel who voted 4-3 in favor of the plaintiff. Plaintiff's argued that to restrict marriage only to men and women was discriminatory!



"... limiting the designation of marriage to a union 'between a man and a woman' is unconstitutional and must be stricken from the statute," California Chief Justice Ron George said in the written opinion.




The Marriage Definition Battle in California and the Confusion!

Prior to this decision by the California State Supreme Court, only one US state, that being Massachusetts -- allowed gay marriage. But, California, New Jersey and Vermont have approved legislation which does grant same-sex partners many of the same legal rights as some married couples.

This overturn by the state Supreme Court in California, comes after a long-running battle which began in 2000. California voters went to the polls and approved a law, which declared that only marriage between a man and a women could be legally recognized!

So, how could something like this happen? What really, does it mean to vote in the state of California? Does your vote count?

These are the questions many Californians are asking the state of California right now... and they want some really good answers.

Let me explain what has been happening in the great state of California, since the majority of residence who reside in California, "thought" that they had spoken loud and clear...

Back in February of 2004, none other than the City of San Francisco... sided with opponents against proposition 22 and literally "defied" state legislature. In one of the most arrogant political moves one can recall... local city government began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples - arguing that these "laws" now in place, were illegal! They fought that their equal-rights were not being recognized.

Rightly so, the courts ultimately stopped the issuance of these false marriage licences and declared that every same-sex marriage that took place during this period was VOID!

Defending Marriage with Propostion 22 - What did it really mean?

Proposition 22 was fought and won - in order to protect traditional marriage in the state of California. If the majority of California voters have spoken according to protocol - how then can an action such as this, have happened in the California Supreme Court - of Justice?

As always, a debate for individual rights - that inflames this much passion -- will most likely never go away.

The San Francisco Superior Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, that was in 2005. Their position - was that they could find no "justification" for refusing to allow marriages on gender grounds.

But wait -- that decisions was overturned a year later by the California Court of Appeal. Are you exhausted yet? According to this decision " ...which ruled in a 2-1 decision that the state's desire to "carry out the expressed wishes of a majority" was sufficient to preserve the existing law.

California lawmakers have also voted in favor of gay marriage but the bill was vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has said that the matter is for the state's court system to decide on."

So... what do you think? Regardless of religious affiliation or opinion, the voters in California have made their voices quite clear on the subject of "marriage". What we seem to have here, is a backdoor approach to those who opposed the definition of traditional marriage, which is held by the majority in the state of California.

This issue is destined to need to be decided in the United States Supreme Court!



Please join LDS Members and many other faith-based organization in defending traditional marriage. Top LDS Leaders have issued a statement to Church members in California urging them to do "all that they can do" to support passing an amendment to the California Consitution, that once and for all - will define marriage.

Washington Has Released A Statement From the White House:

“It’s unfortunate when activist judges continue to seek to redefine marriage by court order – without regard for the will of the people. Today’s decision by the California Supreme Court illustrates that a federal constitutional amendment is the best way for the people to decide what marriage means.”

Article of Interest: Identical Twin Brothers: One Gay - One Straight, A Discussion about Same-Sex Marriage and Prop 8


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