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Proposition 8 exit poll: Whites oppose, blacks support, Latinos divided

Californians went to the polls today on the divisive and deeply emotional issue of same-sex marriage, with early exit poll data showing the state's voters closely divided along lines of religion and political affiliation.

With the polls still open, it is too early to project the outcome, which would amend the California Constitution to ban gay marriage. But preliminary data showed that Democrats and independents were tending to vote against Proposition 8, while Republicans were in favor of the measure.

The proposition was trailing among white voters, but was ahead among black voters. Latino voters were closely divided.

People who said they attended religious services weekly were overwhelmingly voting for the measure, while those who said that they occasionally or never went to religious services were voting no.

Voters older than 65 voted mostly for the proposition, while those in the 18-29 range voted against it.

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--Jessica Garrison and Cara Mia DiMassa

 
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California, FREEDOM says NO on Prop 8! Here's why...

Some churches already perform gay marriages. Prop 8 would stop that, effectively making the decision that each church must make on its own. PROP 8 OPPOSES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, and THAT is UNDENIABLY WRONG. The law is currently in favor of gay marriage in the state of California. That law affects, in a positive way, the lives of gay Californians. It simply DOESN'T affect straight Californians. There is no reason for straight people to oppose gay marriage, because it doesn't affect their lives.

Gay marriage is good. It edifies the lives of a group of people who have been mocked and oppressed and persecuted and harassed and assaulted and maimed and killed; especially in much of middle America. The California Supreme Court understands how important it is to lift these people up, and confirm and celebrate their quest for "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Gay Californians (and eventually ALL gay Americans) MUST be given the RIGHT to marriage.

Whatever your religious persuasion, in the eyes of the State of California, Marriage IS a RIGHT! Straight people have always had the right to choose to marry. It IS their right! Gay people MUST now be granted THE SAME right. To do otherwise is a slap in the face to gay and lesbian people.

Prop 8 effectively tells our friends who happen to be gay, that we don't believe they are worthy of marriage. Prop 8 tells our family members who happen to be gay, that they are inferior to straight people, and that if they got rid of their "gayness" they would be better off. Prop 8 tells our gay brothers & sisters, that they can have their "Civil Unions" and "Domestic Partnerships", but I'm sorry, you can't be part of the popular kids in the "Marriage Club." That's only for those of us who are good enough, and since you're gay, you're just not good enough. In our State of California, you can have ALL the rights you want, EXCEPT marriage. Marriage is just for the popular kids, and since you've spent your life being called "fag" or "dike", you're just not good enough to be in our click.

ENOUGH ALREADY with the elitist BULL****! Let people freaking live their lives! I'm sorry straight folks, but this is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! Be ACTUALLY supportive of the gay people in your life. Enough with the "I love my gay friends" CRAP! If you pass Prop 8, you are telling your gay friends and family that their struggles are not important! You are calling them INFERIOR to straight people. You are saying that their LOVE isn't nearly as good as yours! Enough already! VOTE NO ON PROP 8!

PROP 8 = PROP HATE!

If Prop 8 passes it will be a strong shot at Satan. If it's defeated, it's business as usual...

Next year I want to vote on Christian's civil rights

Discriminate against gays by voting yes!

OR

Discriminate against religion by voting no!

Theres no right answer...

i am a hispanic female. in her 40 s and i voteted no on 8 i belive that no one should tell anyone who they can marry .

NO!!!! ON PROPOSITION 8!!! ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO MARRIAGE...I'M 100% STRAIGHT BUT I BELIEVE EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO MARRY NO MATTER WHAT YOU LIKE!!! HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF IN THE FUTURE THE GAYS LESBIANS AND BI'S DONT WNAT STRAIGHT PEOPLE TO MARRY!!!

you should have the right to marry anyone including your sister, brother, mother, father, animals. As long as you love them, whose business is it anyway?

marriage shouldn't be a privilege, but a right. Everyone should be able to marry whom he or she wants. No one will be teaching gay marriage in schools. The thought in itself is idiotic, and those who believe it are bigger idiots for they are ignorant and believe everything they hear. No on 8 is the right thing to do if we want to be living in a more tolerant society. Women had to fight for their right to vote, African-Americans had to fight against discrimination and gay people should and are fighting to be treated like everyone else.

Yes on Prop 8? Go grab your bedsheet and pointy hat. Me personally, if I looked up and saw the Klan supporting my values, I'd start rethinking my priorities. The concept of Separate But Equal is a lie and a disgrace. Shame to those who would withold civil rights from their fellow American citizens.

I like how the Mervyn's Going Out of Business man is also hanging out with them.

Mick... yes there is because of a clause called separation of church and state. Marriage per the government is a CONTRACT... nothing more. To deny a legally consenting adult the ability to enter into a legally valid contract based on sexual orientation is discrimination. If a religious organization doesn't want to recognize a legally binding contract per the state... well, that's their prerogative. But allowing religion to dictate what contracts the state can enforce? That is unacceptable. Voting NO is the ONLY choice.

Yes on 8 ! I don't hate gay people but I believe we have to draw the line here!. Freedom is good but it has to come with responsiblity.! How about if one day a son wan to marry his mom? or a dad that want to marry with his daughter? Could you say that they are free to do that? Is that the right thing to do? Just think about it clearly in your heart.

I LOVE MY HUSBAND. PLEASE< PLEASE DON'T INVALIDATE OUR LOVING COMMITED RELATIONSHIP
JUST ASK YOURSELF. HOW DOES MY MARRIAGE AND MY FAMILY AFFECT YOU ??? WHY DO YOU FEEL THE NEED TO BE SO SELFESH - WHY DO YOU FEEL THE NEED TO JUDGE ME - WHY CAN'T I STAY MARRIED TO THE MAN THAT I LOVE AS LONG AS I HURT NO ONE.
LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND ASK YOURSELF AGAIN HOW HAS MY RELATIONSHIP AFFECTED YOU - THE ANSWER IF YOUR HONEST IS-- IT HASN'T --------

i'm 14 years old and im a yes on prop 8. I believe that marraige was inteneded for man and wife only. Also, children deserve to have a mother and father figure in their family. I fully respect and accept gay people, but marraige has always been meant for man and wife.

I think its a Joke. I am straight yes. But I am a Christian too. God states that we shouldnt allow this. Its coming to the end of days.
Gamor? remember. Plus its agains the costutution and we are falling away from the very rights that we left England for.
If you believe in the right for Religon then you would vote yes. Because we all have the right to our Religon and your not going to teach my children something that I believe with my whole heart is against God

No one is discriminating against religion. No one will force a church to perform a marriage ceremony for a gay couple. Religion and state are separated by law, which is something that a lot of people in this country want to change.

I have nothing against gays and lesbian but why do they have to change the whole soiety and teach our children that it is normal. It is not normal, it is definitely not mother nature. If same sex marriage is legal, then it is okay for brothers and sisters to get marry? Why do gays and lesbian what to get marry anways? They can't have kids naturally. If they just want to live together and spent the rest of their lives together, that is fine, it is totally their business that no one else should denies their rights, but why make it legal which will totally change the way our society functions. I definitely do not want to let my kids think it is normal, although I think it is okay, BUT definitely NOT NORMAL.

I just want to say, as a bi-sexual woman, I voted Yes on Prop 8. I wasn't living in California in 2000 when the law first hit the books, but (putting both religious pressures and my own feelings aside) I don't believe it is right for 4 people to reverse a decision that the voters made. The citizens of California made a decision 8 years ago, and just now they decided to fight against it? I support a free democracy and that means the voice of the people must be heard!

I am a 22 year old male person. Yes on 8 for sure! Marriage is a tradition that does not include same sex couples. I am not a conservative, not republican, I just know for a fact that it is wrong to use a timeless tradition like this. What is the world coming too??? are you kidding me?

I believe that no one has the right to decide another persons rights. We can't go back in time....once, interracial marriages weren't allowed, that cannot happen again. Every person has the right to marry whom they want to. Anyone in the United States of America has the same rights no matter of race, religion, age, sexual orientation...I don't have the right to tell you that you can't marry the person that you're in love with and want to marry, and you don't have the right to tell me that I can't marry the person that I'm in love with! You are no better than me....I am no better than you or the person next to you and so on and so forth. Equal Rights are just that E.Q.U.A.L. Live it....believe it!!! Thank you.....and God Bless America! Way to go President Barack Obama!

YES on 8! No to judicial tyranny and sexual perversion!

Sweet went can i marry two women

i voted no.

1. when i first heard about it from my friends, i thought.."hey.. this sounds just like the discrimination between black vs white back in the days that i learned from history class" so for me.. i learned discriminating is bad and was wrong.

2. who said marriage has to be a man and a woman? doesn't anyone get the true meaning of marriage.. im sure you heard it before you do the "i do" parts. 2 lovers do whatever it takes for each other, through life and death, till death do us part.. you know that mushy stuff.

3. It's another way of saying "hey, eve ate the apple the snake gave her which she wasn't allowed to, but she did it anyway" if she didn't eat the apple, none of us would have existed.. at ALL. God created man and woman. Man and woman created us all to explore the world, learn the world and create new things. Unless God votes YES on Prop 8, I really don't see why not let these gay/lesbians have their happiness. Isn't the world suppose to be one big happy round ball? :)

To wed same sex couple is very unnatural. Since the beginning of time, a family (mother +father = children) is the very core of society. How can a man and man or woman and a woman continue to preserve human race. Isn't that pathetic to allow minority to breach the law of nature! It's time that we draw a line on the sand that marriage is reserved for man and a woman. The foremost reason for people to get married is to reproduce their own kind. I don't care how much efforts the gay people are trying to justify their claims to their so-called fundamental rights. As long as their claims is in line with nature than I have no problem with them.

I attend church every Sunday and passionately voted against 8 because my faith believes in equality and love. Separate is never equal, bearing false witness is not doing justice to anyone's faith.

 
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