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Proposition 8

Posted: June 15, 2009 10:25 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Now that the California Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8, those who oppose the marriage initiative still use the argument that only a bare majority of voters passed it. They suggest that supporters were mainly homophobic bigots.

Let's examine the facts:

Voter turnout was 79 percent. Seven million Californians voted in favor. That is 52.24 percent of the voters, or 70 percent of blacks, 53 percent of Hispanics, 49 percent of whites and Asians, 51 percent of all other races, as well as 52 percent of females, 53 percent of males; 65 percent of Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics.

However, those who profess to have no religion voted 90 percent against and 10 percent for Prop. 8.

Middle-income Californians ($30,000 to $149,999) voted 54 percent to 46 percent in favor.

The majority of all education levels voted in favor, except for post-graduates, who were at 40 percent in favor.

Union workers were at 56 percent for it, while non-union workers were at 50 percent.

The only age group that did not exceed 50 percent in favor was the 18-to-29-year-old group, who were 39 percent for and 61 percent against; older voters were increasingly more for it, from 54 percent of the 30- and 40-year-olds to 61 percent for the oldest group.

Just a bunch of statistics?

Yes, but very convincing that Californians at every level want to retain the traditional value of marriage between one man and one woman.

Data is from CNN poll reported by


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