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article imageProposition 8 Debate Tensions Ascend Over California Once Again

By Can Tran     Mar 5, 2009 in Politics
So far, the Proposition 8 controversy makes its way to being the biggest topic in the state of California. This time, opponents of Proposition 8 are urging the California Supreme Court to repeal it.
As expected, the Proposition 8 controversy has returned to being the biggest topic in the state of California. Today, the justices of the California Supreme Court are deciding whether to keep or do away with Proposition 8. So far, Proposition 8 was granted the nickname of “Proposition Hate.”
Since its passing, the political fallout has been devastating. During the 2008 United States Presidential Elections, Proposition 8 was the other hottest campaign in California. It was the costliest campaign in California. Opponents and proponents of Proposition 8 have poured in millions upon millions of dollars.
Now, the controversy and tensions have arisen from the flames once again.
So far, Kenneth Starr the former Whitewater prosecutor and former Pepperdine law school dean is giving his support for Proposition 8. He has urged the California Supreme Court not to overturn Proposition 8.
Back in June of 2008, the ban on same-sex marriage was overturned. This would lead up to the proposal of Proposition 8. Despite its unpopularity, Proposition 8 ended up passing anyway.
So far, it is going to be quite the interesting day in California let alone San Francisco. But, the justices have ninety days to issue a ruling. We could expect a ruling by June 1 or 2 this year at the latest.
Opponents and proponents of Proposition 8 continue going at it. On an interesting note, on Election Day on November 4, 2008, many same-sex couples scrambled to the altar to get married.
However, there is a possible chance that the justices can rule in favor of Proposition 8. So far, they grilled Proposition 8 opponents with all sorts of questions. Also, there is the talks on whether or not the passing of Proposition 8 will end up erasing the thousands of same-sex marriages that took place between June and early November.
Ultimately, it looks as if Proposition 8 is on the hot seat in this one. One same-sex marriage supporter said that if the state government denies gay couples the right to get married that it should also be extended to heterosexual couples.
This is the first time a ballot initiative will have been used to take away a fundamental right from a suspect class,” according to Raymond C. Marshall of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.
Overall, one could call this “Round 2” of the Proposition 8 debate. From the election ballots, the battle has made its way to the California State Supreme Court.
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