California Proposition 22, Limit on Marriages (2000)
Marriage and Family
|Not on ballot|
On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court struck down the initiative in a 4-3 decision, giving same-sex couples the right to marry.
Shortly before the court struck down Proposition 22, California Proposition 8 (2008) qualified for the ballot. The goal of Proposition 8's supporters was similar to the goals of Proposition 22 supporters. Proposition 8 amended the California Constitution, whereas Proposition 22 was a state statute. Proposition 8 went on to win at the polls in November 2008.
The ballot measure was an initiated state statute that changed the California Family Code. It is sometimes known as the Knight Initiative, after its author, the late state senator William "Pete" Knight, and also as the "California Defense of Marriage Act."
The 2000 Primary election results reported by the California Secretary of State's Office are as follows:
Text of measure
The ballot title was:
- Adds a provision to the Family Code providing that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
- See also: Fiscal impact statement
The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 22. That estimate was:
- Probably no fiscal effect on the state or local governments.
$8,422,913 was spent supporting the measure. $4,829,543 was spent opposing it.
Supporters of the measure included:
- Helping Hands Ministries, $440,000
- Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, $144,998
- Darrel Issa, $59,910
Opponents of the measure included:
- Official Voter Guide to Proposition 22
- Full text of Proposition 22
- Official declaration of the March 7, 2000 vote
- Smart Voter on Proposition 22
- Cal Voter on Prop 22
- Top Ten contributors
- California 2000 Primary Statement of the Vote
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