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What is Proposition 8?


Question: What is Proposition 8?
Proposition 8 was passed by California voters in November 2008.
Answer: Prop 8 changes the California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry. Now that it has passed, only a marriage between a man and a woman will be valid or recognized in California.

Background:In May 2008, California became the second state in the U.S. (after Massachusetts) to allow same-sex marriage. Anti-gay activists put a measure on the California ballot to change the constitution to make marriage only between a man and a woman. Prop 8 passed 52-48%. Gay and lesbian couples are no longer be allowed to marry in California.


On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. Same sex marriage is now legal in California.

Sources: No on 8, HRC, Los Angeles Times

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