Proposition 8 opponents received permission Tuesday from the California Secretary of State's office to begin collecting petition signatures toward a repeal of the state's same-sex marriage ban.
The initiative would side step the issue of same-sex marriage by making all couples eligible for marriage benefits regardless of their sexual orientation. If approved, the initiative would strike the word "marriage" from all state laws and replace it with the term "domestic partnership."
The measure would also repeal Proposition 8, California's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
In the past forty-eight hours....things have heated up in California. A measure has been drawn up and submitted to the State Attorney General (Jerry Brown)...which challenges the validity of Proposition 8. If the proponents of the measure (Kaelan Housewright and Ali Shams) gathers 695k singatures....then it goes to a state vote.
The read of the summary?
Basically....substitute domestic partnership for marriage in California law. Yep...no more marriages...just civil unions for everyone.
Its the shotgun blast scheme...if we can't have marriage...then no one can.
The amusing part of this initiative would be that "marriage" gets replaced throughout state law with the term "domestic partnership". It would apply to all couples...regardless of sexual orientation
I sat there laughing over the scheme. Its basically putting this entire Proposition Eight mess into turbo-power. From this point on....its a us-versus-them situation.
Anyone that wanted to be "really married" in California....would have to drive across the border into Oregon, Arizona or Nevada....to get the right kind of marriage. How much would this matter? I'm going to make a simple guess here....six out of ten couples will likely come to this state of mind. Why get married in California....if you aren't married?
Will they get the 695k signatures? Yes. I have no doubt. But the necessary votes to carry it in an election? Thats too hard to judge. I think the state mentality is reaching a point where the public is tired of the debate on either direction. There is no end to this debate....it simply goes to the next level.
How many folks in California are pro-gay? In actuality...I'd take a guess of 33 percent. How many are anti-gay? Around 33 percent. The remaining 33 percent really are passers in the night, and would shift their judgment five times a day.
So the nuke has been dropped...and marriage is likely coming to an end.