California Set to Redefine Marriage in its Constitution in November

Jun 14, 2024 by

from California Family Council:

Proposed constitutional amendment removes “one man and one woman” and opens the door to new definitions of marriage in the State.

California Family Council (CFC) strongly opposes Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 (ACA 5), a bill aimed at repealing Proposition 8 and fundamentally altering the definition of marriage in California. Introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Evan Low, ACA 5 seeks to erase the language that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, a principle that has long been the foundation of our society.

The Threat to Traditional Marriage

Proposition 8, passed by California voters in 2008, added to the state constitution the clear and unequivocal statement: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” This measure was a direct response to a California Supreme Court decision that had wrongly asserted a constitutional “right” to same-sex marriage. While Proposition 8 was ultimately overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the language of Proposition 8 remains in the state constitution.

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