A large protest against the measure, Proposition 8, at the Mormon Temple in Oakland led the California Highway Patrol to close two nearby highway ramps. A patrol dispatcher said the ramps had been closed to protect pedestrians from traffic. In Orange County, about 1, advocates of equal rights for gay people fanned out along sidewalks leading to Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest. The amendment overturns the State Supreme Court decision in May that legalized same-sex marriage. Ed Todeschini, a volunteer from the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, accused the church of helping propagate what he called misinformation about the Supreme Court ruling, including that same-sex marriage would have to be taught to kindergartners. View all New York Times newsletters.
Gay marriage and the black vote
Stop Blaming California's Black Voters for Prop 8 | HuffPost
Focusing on pastors with opposing views on same-sex marriage, the filmmaker Yoruba Richen explores the influence of African-Americans on a ballot initiative in Maryland. I began conceiving of this documentary on election night in I was in California , where marriage equality was on the ballot in the form of Proposition 8. As the night progressed, it became clear that same-sex couples in California would lose their recently won right to marry.
Stop Blaming California's Black Voters for Prop 8
Voters in Florida and Arizona also approved similar bans in a setback for the gay rights movement. November 5, California voters spoke Tuesday: Same-sex couples will no longer be permitted to legally marry in the Golden State. With 95 percent of the vote counted Wednesday morning, a ballot initiative to ban gay marriage headed for a narrow victory.
Proposition 8 , known informally as Prop 8 , was a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment passed in the November California state elections. The proposition was created by opponents of same-sex marriage in advance  of the California Supreme Court 's May appeal ruling, In re Marriage Cases , which followed the short-lived same-sex weddings controversy and found the previous ban on same-sex marriage Proposition 22 , unconstitutional. Proposition 8 was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by a federal court on different grounds in , although the court decision did not go into effect until June 26, , following the conclusion of proponents' appeals. Proposition 8 countermanded the ruling by adding the same provision as in Proposition 22 to the California Constitution , providing that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California", thereby superseding the ruling.