I'm starting to remember why I don't write much. Because largely what I write about is negative.
The text of Prop 8 is as follows:
This initiative measure is submitted to the people in accordance with the provisions of Article II, Section 8, of the California Constitution.
This initiative measure expressly amends the California Constitution by adding a section thereto; therefore, new provisions proposed to be added are printed in italic type to indicate that they are new.
SECTION 1. Title
This measure shall be known and may be cited as the “California Marriage Protection Act.”
SECTION 2. Section 7.5 is added to Article I of the California Constitution, to read:
SEC. 7.5. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California
It's on page 128 (or 49 of 62) of this PDF.
It's weird to think that only five or six years ago, I probably would have been all for Prop 8 and yet today, I can't quite wrap my head around the idea that so many people would be so petty as to amend their constituion to make gay marriage illegal. That so many people would have been so spiteful as to sign their name on a petition for it. That someone would have been so vindictive as to go through the steps to create said petition and travel around getting the necessary signatures to put it on the ballot. After all, they weren't preventing anybody from going through a religious ceremony. They weren't outlawing gays from putting on their tuxes and civilly uniting. As far as I understand the proposition, they weren't even preventing gays from having something that had all the same legal rights as marriage but with a different name. That's why it's petty.
It's just a word. A word that in varying societies is between one man and potentially several women, one man and one woman who've never met before and didn't agree to the terms, one man and one woman who can stop being an and through a long and expensive legal process, between one geriatric millionaire and one nubile young stripper, or between one princess of a weak country and one prince who will be gaining some new land on his wedding day.
Our country managed to get along for many years just fine without people dictating what gender combination had to be in place for two people to marry. Sometimes it's better to leave things as they are.