Oct 20th, 2008
Proposition 8 – love it or H8 it.
With the election growing closer and the recent news of Connecticut legalizing gay marriage making National headlines, the focus on California’s November ballot initiative to deem same-sex marriage unconstitutional is growing sharper, and the debates surrounding the Proposition are growing more heated.
Proposition 8 seeks to ban gay marriage by amending the state Constitution with this clause: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” This Proposition was put on the ballot in response to the California Supreme Court’s May ruling that all people have a fundamental and equal right to legally marry the person of their choosing.
Gay marriage has been a hotbed of controversy in California since the 2004 election, and this season we’re seeing a lot of new designs crop up about the issue as well as about Proposition 8 itself. Some are off-the cuff, some are funny, some are serious – and all are trying to make a point. While the protectmarriage.com and No on H8 camps have official gear up on the issue, the vast majority of the designs are simply the voice of a single person with an opinion on the matter.
With designs being an indication of the public discourse, from our end the No on 8/pro equal rights/pro gay marriage folks are far more vocal. Searches for Prop 8, Proposition 8 and gay marriage merchandise lead to results that sway heavily in favor of not discriminating against gay marriage. Which is against Proposition 8. Which is somewhat confusing.