Support for Same-Sex Marriage Ban in California Grows

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | October 14, 2008 | 5:21 PM EDT

From left, chef and co-owner Traci Des Jardins goes over a menu for a wedding reception with Chloe Harris and Frankie Frankeny at Jardiniere restaurant in San Francisco, Oct. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

( – California voters are set to decide on a ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage, and a recent poll shows support for the initiative is gaining ground.
Proposition 8 would overrule the California Supreme Court’s May 15 decision that allowed same-sex marriage, and it would amend the state constitution to reserve marriage licenses only for a man and a woman.
The state Supreme Court’s ruling made California the second state behind Massachusetts to legalize homosexual marriage. On Friday, Connecticut became the third state to allow same-sex marriage thanks to a ruling by the state Supreme Court.
A poll conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of a California television station (CBS 5) shows that 47 percent of voters planned to vote for Proposition 8 on the California ballot, compared to 42 percent, who oppose it.
In comparison, a SurveyUSA poll released Sept. 25 found 44 percent planned to vote for Proposition 8 while 49 percent planned to vote against it.
Support for the same-sex marriage ban has grown since the start of a television ad campaign showing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, saying that homosexual marriage was here “whether you like it or not.”
Ironically, the poll found support for Proposition 8 has grown among young voters, which are considered the most unpredictable voters and the hardest to poll.
The SurveyUSA poll was conducted among 670 likely voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percent.
Meanwhile, homosexual couples from California and outside of the state are rushing to get married before Election Day in case voters approve the initiative.
"Couples are making their plans to come in before November 4 because people are getting a little uneasy," San Francisco Clerk-Recorder Karen Hong Lee was quoted by the Associated Press as saying. "It's too close to call, basically, and it's legal right now, so why wait? Why take the chance and say, 'Let's get married on November 5?'"
On Oct. 3, California’s Office of Vital Records notified county clerks that as of Nov. 17, the standard marriage license form would include the option of checking off “bride and bride” and “groom and groom.”
"This escalates the war for marriage by officially offering the label of 'bride and bride' and 'groom and groom' to homosexuals," said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, a pro-family group based in California.
"For the first time, it means two official 'brides' and two official 'grooms,' not just one bride and just one groom like it used to be. What are children to think? This craziness is another reason Californians should vote yes on Proposition 8," he said.
"By announcing before the election that the marriage form will be changed after the election, the Schwarzenegger administration is confusing voters to think that some of the widespread problems caused by homosexual 'marriages' have been solved, when they haven't," said Thomasson.
"The media is widely reporting that bride and groom have been 'restored' to California's marriage license. The Schwarzenegger administration is engaging in sleight of hand to depress voter turnout for Prop. 8," he added.