New Strategies to Over Turn Prop 8

May 26, 2009 7:12:15 PM PDT
Supporters of same sex marriage are already looking ahead to 2010 or 2012. They want to once again put this issue on the ballot. We spoke with one legal analyst who said this time the dynamics are different.                   |   Watch Video Above for Extended Coverage   |

The looks of disappointment and frustration could be seen all over these faces. At the same time, supports of same sex marriage watched the news and asked: how to change Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling.

Jon Carroll said, "Deep in my mind I kind of felt the decision would be what they ended up deciding." Carroll is helping organize opponents of Proposition 8. They will most likely try to propose a constitutional amendment to reverse Prop 8 and allow same sex marriage. The big debate now is when: 2010 or 2012? Carroll said, "There are pros and cons to both. I think if you go to 2010 you have the passion and the energy and the resentment and the disappointment that everyone is feeling that can be channeled into a positive campaign."

ABC 30 Political Analyst Tony Capozzi points out in 2010 California voters will choose a new governor. Capozzi said, "With a gubernatorial race going, it's more people coming out to vote. It's a high profile issue there already. Then, you are going to have each candidate take a side on the issue."

The state's Supreme Court ruling left 18,000 marriages in tact. We checked Fresno County records and found 298 same sex couples who legally married. Also gays and lesbians can come to the county clerk's office to pick up a domestic partnership application. County Clerk Victor Salazar said, "It provides the same rights, benefits and protections as those provided for opposite sex married spouses under the laws of California."

Only a simple majority of voters is needed to pass a constitutional amendment. It's important to note: in November Prop 8 passed with more than 52 -percent of votes. Supports of same sex marriage would have to change the minds of about 400,000 voters.

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