California's Proposition 8 Essay

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Proposition 8 was a piece of legislation formally called the California Marriage Protection Act which was an amendment to the Constitution of the State of California. The amendment was voted on and passed during the state elections of November 5th, 2008. The new legislation added to the constitution reads: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The issue was prompted in May of 2008, when the California Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples had a right to marry one another according to the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution of the United States. This overruled earlier legislation known as Proposition 22, which was in fact the same as Proposition 8, but was a part of California’s …show more content…
Marriage is often described as a sacred union, but its value is not just religious, but societal. The term “domestic partner” simply doesn’t conjure the same images as the term “spouse.” Many Californians were led to fear that Proposition 8 would have dramatic effects on their way of life. Advertising from organizations such as the Family Research Council and various churches tried to convince people that religious freedoms were being attacked, and the only way to stop it was to affirm Proposition 8. They claimed that if Proposition 8 was not passed, churches would be targeted in lawsuits, or could lose their tax exemptions if they refused to marry LGBT couples based on their religious intolerance of such unions. The fact that this claim was refuted directly by the Supreme Court, and by another section of Californian law, did not stop it from being a powerful propaganda tool for the proponents of Proposition 8. Some people also feared that if Proposition 8 did not pass, there would be large amounts of LGBT related material introduced into classrooms, starting at a very young age. There was a fear that this would lead to clashes between parents who wanted to teach their children their own values and the public school system, which would be promoting the idea that marriage was for

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