California Lawmakers react to Prop 8 Decision

By GLAAD |
November 12, 2008

Many prominent California politicians have taken to the media to express their disapproval of anti-gay initiative Proposition 8 passing and to offer guidance as same-sex couples move forward.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told CNN on Sunday that he hoped the California Supreme Court would overturn the initiative, and urged opponents of Proposition 8 to continue the fight. "It's unfortunate, obviously, but it's not the end," Schwarzenegger said. "I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area."

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday that she believes some voters didn't fully understood the initiative. "Unfortunately, I think people thought they were making a statement about what their view of same-sex marriage was," she said. "I don't know if it was clear that this meant that we are amending the Constitution to diminish freedom in our state."

And in a post-Election Day press conference in Los Angeles last Wednesday, California U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer said that although the passage of Prop. 8 put a "damper effect" on election night, it was not the end for marriage equality.  Boxer noted that she recently saw the film Milk, based on the life of slain San Francisco gay rights leader Harvey Milk, and learned how past leaders can inspire us to continue working for marriage equality.

"What I came away with was what a struggle it's been, going back to the olden days where people had to hide their faces from the cameras and get thrown into jail just for being who they are," she said. "It was a terrible time in our country."

"And if you brought someone back from those days who had been asleep all those years, and they saw how far along we progressed, they would say, ‘Wow.' And then you'd say, ‘Yes, but we lost gay marriage by two points or three points.' They would say, ‘Keep on working.'"