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Prop. 8 foes concede defeat

Prop 8 protest

When The Times' called Prop. 8 Wednesday morning, some opponents said it was still too close to call. But now, the anti-8 forces say they lost. From Associated Press:

Gay-rights leaders are conceding that California’s same-sex marriage ban has passed. News outlets, including the Associated Press, had projected early Wednesday passage of Proposition 8, but because there were still ballots being counted, gay-marriage supporters said they weren’t ready to concede. But on Thursday, opponents of Proposition 8 said they didn't think there were enough outstanding votes on their side to defeat the measure. The latest tally from the secretary of State shows the initiative winning with 52% of the vote.

Photo credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

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I find it unconsionable that African-American and hispanic voters in California would vote in support of Proposition 8. For individuals to vote in favor of such a dicriminatory proposal,when many of them have presumably experienced the costs of discrimination first-hand is beyond discouraging. I hope to hear no more complaints from either of these constituencies about de facto instances of discrimination when they have voted to dircriminate so blatantly against others de jure.


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