November 5th, 2008
07:33 AM ET
11 years ago

Ban on gay marriage in CA still unclear

Prop 8 supporters gather at a rally.

Prop 8 supporters gather at a rally.

(CNN) - The outcome of an effort to ban gay marriage in California remained unclear early Wednesday since not all the votes had been counted.

Proposition Eight, which would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California, had the support of 52 percent of voters at 2:45 a.m. (5:45 a.m. ET), with 84 percent of precincts reporting.

Voters in Arizona and Florida approved bans on gay marriage Tuesday.

In California, voters weighed a gay marriage ban after the California Supreme Court ruled this year that such marriages were legal under the state's constitution.


The ballot initiative had the support of 4.6 million voters compared with 4.3 million who were opposed, according to preliminary results.

In Arizona, voters approved a measure Tuesday to amend the state constitution so that only a union between one man and one woman would be recognized as a marriage. Fifty-six percent of voters supported the measure - a reversal of direction from 2006, when a similar measure on the ballot failed.

A ban on gay marriage also passed in Florida, with support from 62 percent of the voters.

In California, first-time voters cast their ballots against the proposition by a 64 percent to 36 percent margin, according to exit polls. The rest of the electorate favored the amendment 52 percent to 48 percent.

Church attendance was a major factor in voting.

Californians who attend church weekly voted for Proposition Eight by a margin of 83 percent to 17 percent, according to exit polls. Those who attend church occasionally voted 40 percent in favor and 60 percent opposed. Californians who never attend church were 14 percent in favor and 86 percent
opposed.

College graduates opposed Proposition Eight by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin. Those without a college degree favored it 53 percent to 47 percent.

African-Americans voted for the measure by a 69 percent to 31 percent
margin. However, 55 percent of white voters and 52 percent of Hispanics voted
against the proposition.

- Hal Quinley and CNN's Joe Von Kanel contributed to this report


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  1. Hopeful for Tomorrow

    I wasn't surprised that a majority of Florida voted Yes on 2 (The same amendment as California's 8) but I was surprised at the near shut-out. I've listened to my friend who just wants to legally enjoy the same rights as any married couple. I've listened to my mother who said the very idea "demeans" her own marriage (even though she could never explain why).

    I suppose in a way, Florida was one step forward last night, two steps back.

    November 5, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. mary

    So sad. What right do people think they have to deny other people rights?

    November 5, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Too bad it simply means the U.S. is not yet ready to come in to the 21st century and create all people equal with equal rights. Maybe in another 100 years.

    November 5, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. Dotty Helms, WI

    Simply not something that should be dicided in an election. This is legal bias against homosexuals. We should be encouraging monogamous relationships in everyone!

    November 5, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Vigla

    Let's just call that what it really is, taking away rights based on sexual orientation.

    November 5, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. kimmeee

    so i will not be able to marry in florida, huh?

    November 5, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  7. Luis Warner

    Bittersweet election – to think we could come so far yet fall short on basic human rights. Since when does the religious right control the political arena. What ever happened to the separation of church and state. Maybe we need a proposition to make it clear that there is to be a division and neither the twine shall meet. A vote to ban the right of marriage for same sex couples is unchristian.

    November 5, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Dennis Smith

    The gay and lesbian community got what they deserved! They supported a candidate and his supporters who only believes that equal rights applies to africian americans.

    Until the gay and lesbian community demands candidates that don't just do lip service to our community, we get our just desserts!

    November 5, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. Pat Huntington NY

    How sad and pathetic on a historic day today for African Americans, they would support discrimination written into the CA Constitution. Almost makes me regret my vote for Obama.

    November 5, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. jorge lopez

    I voted for Obama and I just Hope that he can change this country and make change oh this ban on gay marriages. Let us gay be free... Please... I still have hope and now more with Obama in Power...

    November 5, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. Victoria

    The intolerance of this country is hypocritical and simply disgusting..

    November 5, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. Randall Olson

    Since human physiology clearly points to men and women having sexual relations with one another, it's ironic to me that those who most strongly support gay mariage also tend to most strongly support evolutionary theory. The intent of evolution points to heterosexual relationships, not homosexual, yet that doesn't seem to matter. Rather inconsistent and paradoxical, to me.

    November 5, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  13. NO MORE TAXES

    I hope the activist judges in some of the liberal districts dont overturn the will of the people again. The people have spoken!!!

    November 5, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. AJ

    Yet another signal that it is still okay to hate gay people in America. What a nation of hillbillys.

    November 5, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. spiderweb

    Our country was built on christian belief that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Anything other than that is a sin. This is the time to live and fight the good fight that we are not to conform to this world and to be victorious in being world overcomers in our fatih and our country under the Constitution that our foundation is built on Christian principles. Praise be to God and not to those who want to change our country's fabric. We are world overcomers in Christ!

    November 5, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. Frank

    How very sad. I voted in the first African-American President, but African-Americans turn out in droves to deny me the right to marry.

    It shows how far African-Americans have come, but how far they still have to go. I hope someday Dr. King's dream will be realized for me too.

    November 5, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  17. Melanie

    if people are so opposed to gay marriage because the word marriage means the legally bonding of a man and a woman why not just come up with another word that involves legal bonding of a same sex couple? A different word can't have to much protest and will just reveal those who are against same sex couples in general...i think people are way too sensitive to people who they don't even know. why do we have the right to say nope you can't have a ceremony just because you're both guys or both girls. people need to get overthemselves

    November 5, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. John (Jackson, NJ)

    I believe civil marriage – marriage regulated by the State – should be banned completely in the United States. Marriage is a matter of way of life and belief, and should be left to the religious and philosophical spheres.

    Test all children for parentage at birth (eliminate the "marriage presumption") and eliminate all governmental monetary ties to marriage. Have social security cover minor children of decedents, and allow people to designate one and only one adult to receive survivor's benefits based on a decedent's work record.

    Allow adults living together at one address to either file one tax return for all residents or else to file all singly (single filing required for persons at government institutions such as prison halfway houses.)

    Of course, this would put a lot of family lawyers out of work, not to mention loophole accountants...

    November 5, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. Ryan in VA

    I defy anyone out there to give a good, VALID reason that does not rely on their religious views as to why gay marriage is wrong and should be banned.

    Doesn't anybody remember that little thing called 'Separation of Church and State?"

    Here's a nice little bit of information to keep in mind when mulling this issue over: Marriage is NOT a Christian institution. It has been around much, much longer than Christianity. Therefore, why should the nation be forced to follow Christian ideology in their own lives, ESPECIALLY if they are not Christian themselves? (I think a lot of Americans are in denial as to how many non-Christians live in this country) That is the equivilent of Muslim Americans forcing every woman in the US to wear a burka, or Hindu Americans banning the sale and comsumption of beef products in the US.

    Anyone else see how rediculous this is?

    Marriage is the public and legal declaration of two people that they love each other and commit to one another for the rest of their lives. To limit the scope of marriage to simply Man+Woman=Marriage is simply narrow-minded bigoted thinking. Period.

    November 5, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. Julie C.

    I am proud of this historic moment in time, but disappointed that with all the barriers being broken so many states voted on legalized discrimination.

    November 5, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  21. J N S

    Go0d!! To those who want to be anything other than regular supporters of "man & women". Fine!! but pls dont try to have it made acceptable to the public eye, & push down everyones throat!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. Boston Guy

    To the LGBT community, don't spend your money in California! Take it where you are welcome.

    November 5, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  23. chris (hartford, ct)

    Hooray for bigots!

    November 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. M

    This is unreal how come people are going to keep ignoring the right of thousands of gay people??? Gays are not going to stop been gay just because they are not recognized.

    November 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  25. Alan H.

    It saddens me that in an environment where predjudice has not determined our next president, my marriage to my long-term partner can be invalidated.

    I saddens me that such rights will be denied to future same-sex couples by constitutional amendment.

    Prejudice lives.

    November 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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