Summarized by Kent Larsen
Voters Approve California's Proposition 22
(Prop 22 - Limit on Marriages)
San Francisco Examiner 7Mar00 N1
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- With 21% of the vote reported, at 10:30
pm pacific time, the San Francisco Examiner showed that Proposition
22 had received 60% of the vote to 40% opposing the measure. CNN and
other media outlets had earlier projected that Proposition 22 would
pass based on exit polls.
The measure had the active support of the LDS Church, which
encouraged its members to donate to the campaign to pass the measure
and volunteer to campaign for it.
An analysis of the vote provided live on CNN just after the polls
closed at 8 p.m. pacific time showed expected support for the measure
from the religious right, 86% of which voted for it. Not
surprisingly, 86% of gays voted against the measure. Twice as many in
the religious right voted as gays.
The measure also enjoyed strong support from Hispanics, who approved
it by 70% and from older voters. 70% of those over 60 voted for
Proposition 22. This represents a significant generation gap, since
voters under 30 rejected the measure. Just 40% of those under 30
voted in favor of the proposition. The generation gap may mean that
the same sex marriage issue will face challenges in the future, as
the voting population ages, that are much more difficult to defeat.