That has been our custom since the beginning of this Nation. Other Nations have different customs, but ours has been marriage is defined as between one man and one woman.
Nov 3, 2008 5:48 am US/Pacific
Police Make Arrests As Hundreds Clash Over Prop. 8
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― Demonstrations over Proposition 8 continue this morning after they turned violent over the weekend with police making arrests, ticketing motorists and trying to keep the peace at a Citrus Heights intersection where hundreds of demonstrators on both sides of the gay marriage issued clashed.
Demonstrators are out again this morning at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane where police arrested at least three people this weekend for incidents involving pushing, spitting and even pulling out knives. Police brought in extra officers to deal with the crowds.
"You know, if my child grows up and decides they're going to be gay and they get married, I want them to have that right," said Christina Rothman. "That's why I'm here."
"Think about your future for your kids," shouted another protester. "What's going to happen when they grow up?"
What If Prop. 8 Is Too Close To Call?
Constitutional Amendments Usually Take Effect Right Away
POSTED: 6:43 pm PST November 3, 2008
UPDATED: 7:32 pm PST November 3, 2008
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- People are wondering what happens Wednesday if Proposition 8, a measure that would ban gay marriage in California, is too close to call.
Normally, constitutional amendments take effect immediately. If Prop. 8 passes, marriage licenses to same-sex couples would not be issued.
However, KCRA 3 has learned that even the state's top election officials are not sure what will happen. Here are some of their answers:
Yolo County Clerk-Recorder Freddie Oakley: "The constitutional amendment doesn't have effect until the election is certified. And the Secretary of State has 30 days to certify an election. ... And I'm sure that we'll receive lots of direction promptly. If it looks like Prop. 8 is going to pass, we'll hear from the Secretary of State immediately about what we'll need to do."
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen: "The law says that a measure takes effect immediately. It doesn't say what happens if we don't have results. So that would be a legal question. It's really up in the air. ... I'm telling them to ask their county counsel what to do because my reading of the law is that this kind of situation wasn't anticipated."
Sacramento County's clerk recorder office said it plans to continue same-sex marriage licenses until it hears differently from the state health department.
The state health department had no comment Monday, other than to say that if necessary it would provide guidance to counties.
SACRAMENTO " In a telephone call to California voters, President Clinton delivers the following message regarding the unfairness of Proposition 8:
"This is Bill Clinton calling to ask you to vote NO on Proposition 8 on Tuesday, November 4th. Proposition 8 would use state law to single out one group of Californians to be treated differently -- discriminating against members of our family, our friends and our co-workers.
"If I know one thing about California, I know that is not what you're about. That is not what America is about. Please vote NO on 8. It's unfair and it's wrong. Thank you."
The calls from President Clinton went to millions of registered California voters overnight.