You may be aware that in May 2008, The Supreme Court of California determined that the California Constitution required civil marriage to be available to same-sex couples, instead of being limited only to opposite-sex couples. This is the law in Canada as well.
In response, The Mormon church encouraged its members to donate to the “Yes on 8” campaign, which encouraged voters to pass an amendment to the constitution entitled “ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY”.
Individual Mormons ended up contributing $22 million to this. Additionally The Knights of Columbus gave a total of $1,425,000, the largest donation from one organization or one person on record for “Yes on 8”.
On Election Night, “Yes on 8” was successful, by about a 52-48 vote. It’s believed that the effect of misleading commercials paid for by donations to “Yes on 8” is what resulted in their success. For the remainder of the week, there have been marches, vigils, and protests against this result, in cities across California, due remarkably to both gay and straight youth, not the traditional gay leadership, holding “Yes on 8” to account, and bringing visibility to this issue.
Canadians were prohibited from donating to either side of the election campaign, but it appears we are free to fund the legal challenge to the amendment, and I encourage you to so do. This appears to be the first time since same-sex marriage has been legal anywhere in our lifetimes that it has been undone. As someone who was married by a WHS officiant, it is chilling to see how easily and glee-fully my marriage can be wiped away. If this stands in California, it’s not too much of a stretch to think it could happen here next, via the notwithstanding clause in the Canadian Constitution.
The campaign to invalidate Proposition 8 (yes, this is a legitimate site): InvalidateProp8.org