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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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. MD, TX

    Come on California. Vote for Prop 8.

    November 5, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Chris

    Stop bringing your religion into politics! I am strait, married, and I support gay marriage. As long as two people love each other, who are we to judge? The divorce rate is close to 70% right now. So we are going to let that 70% tell us what love should or should not be? So pathetic.

    November 5, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Gays will be Gays Straights will be Straights but I don't see the Gays reproducing any new support anytime soon.Tough!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Tim

    I am in slight disbelief to read "African-Americans voted for the measure by a 69 percent to 31 percent margin." Since when did white voters become more progressive about equal rights then the minorities?

    November 5, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. Dave

    Are we so insecure in our own relationships that we must refuse to recognize someone elses?

    November 5, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Howard

    I live in California, I am married and have a child on they way. I think the court will rule it unconstitutional and overturn the rule as they should. I remember in the 80's there was a county in Georgia, Forsyth, that wanted to be all white, the court ruled over the wishes of the majority in that case. Laws that discriminate and do not offer equal treatment to people are unconstitutional. This is a civil rights issue much like interratial marriage, a lot of people fought that as well. Barak proved last night hate dies and prejudice fades.

    November 5, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. cb

    I don't understand how folks in CA can go to the poll to support change and unity – a vote for inclusion and yet so many voted to discriminate against people in loving relationships. It really smacks of I've got mine – so the heck with you. I think our new president has some tough work ahead of him if his own supporters can justify the same type of discrimination that many of them have faced in their own lives. Shame on them

    November 5, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. Jeffrey

    The fact that blacks were overwhelmingly for it is unbelieveable. A group of people who knows first hand the pain and shame of discrimination - to think they would turn around and do the same to another.

    On the day we elected the first Black President, a day we seemed to have come so far, this shows we have a long way to go on the road of tolerance.

    November 5, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Shawn - Toronto CA

    i will never understand all the discrimination and hatred that still occurs in the US – to each his own – its everyones right to live the way they want – its not the churches decision or a governments decision when it creates zero harm to others – seperate church from state once and for all!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Ed Q

    We were married October 11,2008. So for all of us who were fortunate to do so before yesterday, congratulations! For the religious hate groups....you should have hired a more competent lawyer to word you hate legislation. And speaking of "wording", you just lost your victory.....
    You will not be allowed to "grandfather" your hate legislation. And even if you were allowed, you would then be forced in a civil suit to reimburse me the $6k I spent in the state for my ceremony expenses. Oh my, imagine what that $6k would have been able to do in support of the elder, the abused, the poor.........
    Run back to your church today, I'm sure you are missing the hate sermon.

    November 5, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. Ivan Goldberg

    No surprise here. The Northeast should cut away the less educated states and form our own country.

    November 5, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. M

    And my faith in America's progresss is irrevocably shattered.

    November 5, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    AMERICA AS WE KNOW IT CHANGED LAST NIGHT,

    AMERICANS WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR NOT BEING EDUCATED BY VOTING FOR OBAMA.

    BUSINESSES WILL BE GOING UP ON THERE PRODUCT AND CORRUPTION IN THIS COUNTRY WILL GO WAY UP IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.

    NOW THAT WE PUT A CROOKED MAN TO RUN THIS COUNTRY AMERICANS MUST LEARN FROM HIM AND BE LIKE HIM WHICH MEANS CORRUPTION WILL BE THE WAY OF LIFE FROM NOW ON

    November 5, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. PaulE in Louisville KY

    Wrap it up in your Bible all you want, it's still hate. It's sad that, in 2008, people are still so ignorant on this issue. Sadly, these folks think they'll get into Heaven by oppressing their fellow man this way. Additionally, these folks probably paint themselves as patriotic, yet this is an extremely anti-American thing to do. Pathetic.

    November 5, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. treazule

    I think it is BS! Nothing like hate and bigotry!

    Should be equal right s for all not just hetro's

    November 5, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. REPUBLIC OF TEXAS

    HERE WE GO----IT BEGINS----

    MORE LIBERAL DOWN FALL OF AMERICA

    MORALS ARE LOST

    November 5, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. Melissa - Pennsylvania

    the right to marry is NOT about "beliefs"....it's about RIGHTS. The right of every citizen having the same rules as everyone else. The right of EQUALITY. to deny any citizen the same rights as other citizens is discrimination.

    November 5, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  18. Roy - IL

    It is a sad day when people who 'go to church' do not have the capacity to allow two people to care for each other, no matter who those two people are. Look in the mirror and ask youself if the Diety you worship asked you to enforce the universal Love they promised by exclusion, intimidation, and bigotry. The emergence of the 'bully political pulpit' in this country is appalling. Religious teachers who think religion is exclusively Republican are sorely mistaken and misguided.

    November 5, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. Ivan Sanchez

    Thank God our prayers have been anwered; we now see the begining of a new day!

    November 5, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. Joanna

    I will never understand why two people would be denied the opportunity to make a life long commitment to each other. I understand that the word "marriage"is a religious right and is not determined by any government. But Why not civil unions that carry the same rights as a marriage. With traditional marriages failing in high numbers, why deny people there happiness if they can find it?

    November 5, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Greg in MN

    Why can't people just let other people be happy and get married if they want? I just don't get the push back on this issue.

    The biggest threat to marriage, as I see it, is divorce. So why don't you ultra-religious folks try to ban that instead? Yeah, good luck with that one!

    November 5, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Ann

    The percentage of African-American voters that voted FOR Prop 8 is astonishing to me. You would think that a group of people that have suffered from so much injustice in their lives would not want others to face the same fate. Just so you know, you have voted FOR prejudice and discrimination.

    November 5, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. Jim Capps

    It's stunning to me that African-Americans would vote to eliminate a civil right that already exists. Would they also vote to ban inter-racial marriage? If so, then who could President-elect Barack Obama marry? He's half-white, so he couldn't marry a black woman, and since he's half-black, he couldn't marry a white woman. It's just stunning in its stupidity.

    November 5, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  24. Dave

    Still so far to go.

    November 5, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  25. Chris

    People's private life has nothing to do with what is going on in this country

    November 5, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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