Opponents of gay marriage in California were quick to announce that they would sue to overturn last week’s rewording of Proposition 8, which makes it clear to voters that they would be overturning an existing right. The haters claim the Attorney General Jerry Brown had the proposition reworded in order to bolster his gubernatorial chances in 2010.
Jennifer Kerns, spokeswoman for the Protect Marriage coalition, called the new language “inherently argumentative” and said it could “prejudice voters against the initiative.” Proponents of the measure said they want voters to see ballot language similar to what was on the petitions that began circulating last fall. “This is a complete about-face from the ballot title that was assigned” when the measure was being circulated for signatures, Kern said.
On the other side, Steve Smith, campaign manager for No on Proposition 8, applauded the language change. “What Proposition 8 would do is eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry, which is exactly what the attorney general put in the title of the measure,” he said. “It will be very difficult for them to win the case.”
Political analysts on both sides suggest that the language change will make passage of the initiative more difficult, noting that voters might be more reluctant to pass a measure that makes clear it is taking away existing rights.