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November 2008 General Election
17th edition

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Proposition 8 - Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Passed

Initiative Constitutional Amendment


What a Yes or No Vote Means

YES: A “YES” vote on this measure means: The California Constitution will specify that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

NO: A “NO” vote on this measure means: Marriage between individuals of the same sex would continue to be valid or recognized in California.

Full Text of Proposition 8 - (PDF)

Official Campaign Web Sites and Contact Information

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments

No on Proposition 8

Samuel Thoron, Former President, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Julia Miller Thoron, Parent

News Articles

CVF's News Stories section provides California voters with convenient access to a sampling of news articles that give an overview of the potential impact of the propositions on the ballot.

Follow the Money

Proposition 8
Campaign Finances through October 18, 2008




Total Raised



Top Donors





Knights of Columbus
[New Haven, CT]



California Teachers Association
[Burlingame, CA]


Fieldstead and Co.
[Irvine, CA]


Robert Wilson, Retired,
[Brooklyn, NY]


John Templeton, President,
John Templeton Foundation
[Bryn Mawr, PA]


David Bohnet, self-employed,
The Offices of David Bohnet,
[Beverly Hills, CA]


American Family Association, Inc.
[Tupelo, MS]


Jon Stryker, self-employed Philanthropist
[Kalamazoo, MI]


Focus on the Family
[Colorado Springs, CO]


Bruce Bastian, Retired,
[Orem, UT]



Detailed information about all contributors for and against Proposition 8 is available from campaign finance reports at Cal-Access, the Secretary of State's campaign disclosure web site. To view the most recent contributions, select a committee and click "Late and $5000+ Contributions Received".



This page was first published on September 27, 2008 | Last updated on December 21, 2008
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