CA Senate Approves Resolution Opposing Prop 8

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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Just days before the matter is to be taken up by California’s Supreme Court, the state Senate today approved a resolution today calling Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, an improper revision of the Constitution because it was not approved by the Legislature.

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said the initiative is a fundamental revision to the document, not an amendment, and therefore required deliberation by the Legislature and a two-thirds vote of both houses to put it on the ballot.

“Do we have a constitutional democracy in California, or do we have mob rule?” Leno asked his colleagues before the 18-14 vote approved the resolution.

The issue of whether proper procedures were followed in putting the measure on the ballot is to be considered Thursday, when the state Supreme Court takes up a legal challenge to the ballot measure.

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

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11 Responses to CA Senate Approves Resolution Opposing Prop 8

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    I hope the Calif. Supreme Court does the right thing and invalidates Proposition 8.

    What a “Fuck You” to the Mormons and the bigots.

  2. TOM339 says:

    I wonder what will happen in California is the state supreme court invalidates Proposition 8?

    The LDS Church seems to have endless deep pockets thanks to global real estate holdings and not having to pay taxes on the profits from their numerous business ventures like Priceline.

    Will they just mount another campaign in the Golden State to attack gay marriage or will they go back to Utah, wounded and bruised, having learned a valuable lesson?

  3. Any ammendment to any state constitution should invovle as a minimum a 2/3 majority vote. The masses are sometimes not smart enough to realize the complexities of the issues.

  4. DB says:

    I hope they invalidate the vote if for nothing more than to piss all the Mormons off, let alone countless conservatives. Let them dump tons of money into litigation while in the mean time allowing gays to get married like the rest of us. This has been a huge PR disaster for Mormons and another round of it might hurt a little bit more.

    I really hope they invalidate this simply because it is unAmerican.

  5. bradfrmphnx says:

    I hope they invalidate the vote simply because its the right thing to do. Gays should be allowed the same rights and privelages as any other segment of society. Any legislation to put a blockade in front of personal choice is wrong.

    Gays don’t give up. (I know you won’t).

    There are many who support you.

  6. DR says:

    TOM339: “I wonder what will happen in California is the state supreme court invalidates Proposition 8?”

    Legally, it could go back to the legislature. As the article notes, the Amendment is being attacked on procedural grounds. If the CA Supreme Court overturns it, theoretically speaking, it could be reintroduced as legislation per the CA constitution. IF they could get a 2/3 vote, then it’s back on the ballot.

    Realistically speaking, I’m not sure that it would ever get that many votes and would probably die in committee. California is practically bankrupt at this point, and if the legislature does anything but try to balance the budget, it wouldn’t bode well.

  7. I don’t know what the Mormons problem is. No one is trying to take away their right to magical underpants.

  8. Estacada says:

    I don’t know what the LDS Church is worried about either.

    Gay people aren’t trying to block them from being the biggest consumers of porno in the nation.

    T&A mags and movies will still flow to Salt Lake City if California gay couples are allowed to marry.

  9. Fran says:

    YAY!!!!

  10. Adirondacky says:

    So the state court could be influenced by how the California senate voted? Good. Proposition 8 is an appalling abuse of the referendum process that was used to deny millions of Americans the right to marry. Equally appalling, the effort was bought and paid for with Mormon blood money. Overturn it.

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