Skip to comments.Prop. 8 foes push new ballot measures to reverse gay marriage ban
Posted on 01/21/2009 7:52:47 AM PST by SmithL
Angered by the passage of Proposition 8, grass-roots activists are working to place measures on the ballot to reverse California's ban on same-sex unions.
The sparsely financed groups are acting independently of the No on 8 Campaign, which is challenging the measure in the state Supreme Court. They plan to use the Internet to collect the nearly 700,000 signatures of registered voters needed to get on the ballot.
Two groups took the first step toward qualifying a ballot measure last week with the state Attorney General's Office, asking for an official title and summary. A third group is expected to follow suit this week.
"Our logic is that we should not put all our eggs in one basket and wait for the Supreme Court," said Charles Lowe, who after campaigning against Proposition 8 founded a Davis-based group called Yes! on Equality. "By doing so, we lose anywhere from 8 to 12 months."
His proposed constitutional amendment would repeal Proposition 8, which holds that "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California."
Meanwhile, two heterosexual Southern California college students Ali Shams and Kaelan Housewright want to take the state out of the marriage business.
Their proposed measure calls for the term "marriage" to be removed from state laws and replaced with "domestic partnerships."
Shams maintains the measure would provide equality to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation, while preserving marriage as a religious and social ceremony.
"This is a compromise," Shams said. "It says 'Get rid of marriage as a state institution. Make it a religious institution, keep politics out of it and stop the fighting.'"
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Maybe but this is the proper way to get what you want instead of all the protesting and hatred displayed since the vote.
Each side has the same right to persuade the population to their views peacefully and let the voters vote.
“Meanwhile, two heterosexual Southern California college students Ali Shams and Kaelan Housewright want to take the state out of the marriage business.”
Ah yes, government of the people, by the people and for the people. That is, as long as the people happen to do what the left wants them to do!
“Internet” voters, eh? Yeah, sure... about as legitimate as Obortion’s Obamination of an Olection.
It's not like the voters outlawed queer sex or anything........
0 + 0 + 0 = 0?
The supporters of Prop 8 should put in a ballot initiative to throw all the gays out of California. When they start whining about it, they should be told to STFU.
I am tired of all this political correctness and the Gaystapo.
all this gaystapo and PC crap has gone on too long.
the left uses it to silence opposition to their agenda and many Americans have gone a long with it.
It is high time to just ignore as I have and call a spade a spade.
As for these two heteros(normal) then if they want to take the state out of it then should we allow the state to not get involved when a mother marries her son or the father marries his son.
We have rules and laws so we do not have anarchy and chaos or in this case perversion.
They want this on the ballot again as the blacks will not come out as much in two years like last time.
Why not just throw all homo’s out to HI or VT or MA and let them wallow in their perverted sick agenda
The left is having one massive Obasim... but perhaps, during this Opus, they will Overdose on Obama’s potent Opium and be Obliterated. Then Oberman, being his Obnoxious self, will Obfuscate the facts and Overrun the Ogosphere his Obtuse Opinions... Liars n’ Tyrannts n’ Queers... OH MY!
They’re about to find out that it’s a lot harder to collect qualified signatures than they think. Either that, or we’re about to find out that this “lightly funded” group has some backing somewhere that hasn’t surfaced just yet.
Sort of like all those “qualified” votes, compliments ACORN?
That’s the ticket for me!!!
Why is internet use permitted to collect signatures on a constitutional amendment but voting via internet is too insecure to accomplish the same thing?
The article isn't clear on how the Internet is actually being used. You can't directly collect signatures over the Internet, but you can download the petition forms, print them out, sign them, and mail them in. You can also coordinate activities and utilize social networking sites (such as Facebook) via the Internet.
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