California Proposition 22, Limit on Marriages (2000)
California Proposition 22 appeared on the March 7, 2000 ballot in California. It passed, with 61.2% of voters in favor. 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.
The ballot measure was an initiated constitutional amendment that changed the California Constitution. 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".
- Adds a provision to the Family Code providing that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
$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: