Jul 30 2008

CA Prop 8 supporters sue over blunt ballot language

This photo of a hand holding a teeny, tiny violin comes from Pam Spaulding at Pam's House Blend, an "Online Magazine for the Reality-Based Community." (Love that!)

Seems the California Attorney general's office has re-written the title and summary of Proposition 8 (a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage) so that it accurately reflects what the measure will do: Eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Supporters of the amendment are unhappy because the language no longer matches what was circulated in the petition to put the measure on the ballot, which read: "to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

Why the change? Well, the original petition was drafted and began being circulated BEFORE the California Supreme Court ruled that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was unconsitutional.

Meanwhile, the L.A. Times is reporting that political analysts on both sides of the issue believe the language change could significantly reduce the chances of it passing, primarily because voters will likely be much more reluctant to pull the YES lever on measure that takes away an existing right.

Pam sums it up beautifully in her post:

The rewording does not make the initiative inaccurate in any way. What [supporters are] objecting to is the conservative frame being tossed out the window ("protecting marriage") for the blunt bigoted intent of the amendment. It so sucks to be called out for what you are, fundies, doesn't it?

Feed my ego!

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