Proposition 8 Update

As you may have heard, the California Supreme Court held a hearing earlier this month to consider the fate of Proposition 8. Following is a letter from Ron Prentice to Proposition 8 supporters:

March 11, 2009

Dear Friend,

What a privilege it was for me to sit in the California Supreme Court last week with other leaders of to watch the Court ask pointed questions of the attorneys for both sides of Proposition 8., represented by Kenneth W. Starr, was the only group defending Prop 8. Mr. Starr did a superb job representing our committee and the 7 million voters who supported Prop 8. One of the most distinguished, accomplished legal scholars in America, Mr. Starr and the justices interacted with mutual respect and deference. He is a former justice of the United States Court of Appeals and represented the federal government before the United States Supreme Court as Solicitor General. The justices asked tough questions of him, of course, but did so recognizing he is a constitutional scholar with few peers. We were extraordinarily well-served by Mr. Starr.

It is always risky to predict the outcome of a decision based on the questions posed during the oral argument. Still, the colloquy between the court and various counsel at the hearing gives every reason to be optimistic about the outcome. This is great news. The National Law Journal expressed a similar view that Prop 8 will ultimately be upheld. Here is a link to their story:

A decision is expected within 90 days, but could well come before then. We will keep you posted.

As you know, was the only group appearing before the Court to defend traditional marriage and uphold the vote of the people. This was a very expensive battle. Many of our opponents in court were funded by taxpayer dollars, whereas had to deplete our accounts to mount this defense of Prop 8. Will you please consider a contribution to the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund? Please know that we are the only committee that represented the official proponents of Prop 8 and that was granted the authority to intervene in this case. Your contribution to the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund will be kept strictly confidential. The privacy of your contribution will be protected.

Field Poll Shows Support for Gay Marriage Has Dropped

The Field Poll was released yesterday showing the state’s voters remain sharply divided over gay marriage. I asked our senior political consultant, Frank Schubert, to review the Field Poll data. Here is his report:

“I was encouraged by the Field Poll. Since May of 2008 our opponents have made no progress in the percent of people (45%) who want to give gays marriage (as compared to civil unions or no legal recognition of their relationships). This is despite the Court ruling last May, the 18,000 marriages being performed, over $40 million spent in support of gay marriage, and then weeks of protests and demonstrations in the streets afterwards. I think it totally undercuts the idea that there is a rapid movement toward approval of gay marriage. There just isn’t. If anything, the Field data suggests they have lost steam. Looking at the question as to whether people would vote for gay marriage or have marriage only between a man and a woman, the numbers have moved in OUR direction, not theirs, since May 2008. People wanting to extend marriage to gays has dropped, and the percent wanting to reserve marriage only for heterosexual couples has increased. And, recall my oft-stated view that support for traditional marriage is always under reported in these polls because it is not a PC position. My conclusion is that we are in better position now than we were during the campaign. And we won by 600,000 votes then!”

Thank you for your continued support of traditional marriage.


Ron Prentice
Chairman – Yes on 8


4 comments so far

  1. wwilberforce on

    Indeed, Prop 8 should be upheld. Check out this series of articles on a conservative site which considers the functions of marriage based on public versus private interests.

  2. Sleep Peep on

    ehh.. funny

  3. Denny Riggs on

    Are contributions to the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund tax-deductible? We contributed $100/

  4. californiacrusader on

    No, they are not tax-deductible. Any contributions to political parties, campaigns, or political action committees may not be deducted.

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