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Proposition 8 was a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in November 2008. The measure added a new provision to the California Constitution, which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The proposition overturned the California Supreme Court’s June 16, 2008, ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

On Aug. 4, 2010, a federal judge ruled that Proposition 8 violated both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the United States Constitution. On Feb. 7, 2012, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed the decision that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. On June 26, 2013, in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that supporters of the measure did not have the legal standing to appeal the lower court’s ruling, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. On June 28, 2013, the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay of the district court’s ruling, and same-sex marriages resumed in California. [ Wikipedia ]

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Halloween horrors: The ghost of Proposition 8 returns…

| Monday, October 14, 2013
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The majority of California’s “innocent children” are under attack from a vile, twisted bunch hoping to ogle the opposite sex in the bathroom. Just as in Prop 8, the LGBT community is being equated with pedophiles. That tired old “abnormal” and “sick” paint brush is being used collectively on the trans community, as if simply being different makes one unworthy of equal treatment under the law. ... Given all the similarities to Prop 8 messaging, it’s no surprise that the National Organization for Marriage is behind this petition drive, or that Prop 8′s chief strategist, Frank Schubert, works on this campaign as well.

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Prop 8 attorneys join in challenge to overturn Va. same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, September 30, 2013
Olson Boies
RICHMOND, Va. -- The high-profile legal tandem that brought down California's prohibition on same-sex marriage has joined a challenge of Virginia's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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NOM, Prop. 8 players join bid to repeal Calif. transgender student rights law

| Friday, September 20, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- An effort to overturn a new law allowing transgender students to choose which school restrooms they use and whether to play boys or girls sports got a boost Friday when a major player in the passage of California's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban threw its support behind the campaign.

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BREAKING: Calif. Supreme Court refuses to revive Prop 8 challenge

| Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to halt gay marriages in the state, leaving opponents of same-sex weddings few - if any - legal options to stop the unions.

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San Diego county clerk withdraws bid to revive Proposition 8

| Saturday, August 3, 2013
Ernest Dronenburg Jr.
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego's county clerk, the man charged with issuing marriage licenses there and the most prominent public figure to move against gay marriage in California since its recent resumption, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop the practice, saying he was ceding the fight to a group that already has a similar challenge pending.

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Calif. AG says San Diego clerk’s petition to block gay marriage is ‘improper’

| Monday, July 29, 2013
Attorney General Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris says the elected clerk of San Diego County is improperly using the state's legal system to try to prevent same-sex couples from getting married.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz: Pray to stop the ‘assault on marriage’

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Sunday, July 28, 2013
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The Christian Broadcasting Network has released more footage from the recent Religious Right summit in Iowa organized by David Lane and featuring speakers like U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

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Calif. Supreme Court rejects San Diego clerk’s bid to stop gay marriages

| Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- California's highest court is again refusing to immediately stop the state from sanctioning same-sex marriages.

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Calif. AG tells court to reject San Diego clerk’s bid to stop same-sex marriages

| Monday, July 22, 2013
Attorney General Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
SAN FRANCISCO -- California's chief law enforcement officer urged the state Supreme Court on Monday to refuse once again to stop same-sex marriages while the justices consider a legal bid to revive Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay nuptials.

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Should states’ rights decide gay rights? Or any rights?

| Sunday, July 21, 2013
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The citizens of each state want what they want. The people with the money have the power, and they want to mold their cities and towns to their own little standards, with their own little rules, their own little prejudices, and their own little innuendos. Those who struggle to keep their heads above the water have no money which means they have no power and their voice is very rarely, if ever, heard. They are considered “the other,” and the laws are never structured to their benefit ... LGBTQ citizens fall into “the other” category.

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