California Elimination of Domestic Partnerships Initiative (2008)

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The Elimination of Domestic Partnerships Initiative (07-0061) did not appear on the November 4, 2008 statewide ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment. Supporters need a minimum of 694,354 valid signatures, however, the California Secretary of State announced on May 2, 2008 that the measure had failed to qualify.[1]

The goals of the initiative were to:

  • Provide that only marriage between one man and one woman is valid or recognized in California.
  • Prohibit decreasing marriage rights shared by one man and one woman.
  • Define man and woman.
  • Void or make unenforceable certain rights and obligations conferred by California law on same-sex and opposite-sex couples registered as domestic partners, concerning subject areas including, but not limited to, community property, intestate succession, stepparent adoption, child custody, child support, hospital visitation, health care decisions for an incapacitated partner, insurance benefits, death benefits, and recovery for wrongful death.


Larry Bowler and Randy Thomasson.

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