The election in California

By now you have heard that Proposition 8 passed in California, an answer to many prayers. The Catholic bishops really stepped up to the plate on this one, as did the Knights of Columbus. We also have the Mormons and the evangelicals to thank for their grass-roots energy and sacrifices. For our small part, we attended a rally, put a few signs on the highway, and wrote a small check for the cause.

You may also have heard that its opponents plan to appeal the vote to the California Supreme Court and, if necessary, to the U.S. Supreme Court. The legal reasoning is ridiculously convoluted and I can’t pretend to understand it. But you don’t need a sound legal case these days, just a few politically sympathetic judges.

Otherwise the election was a huge (but not unexpected) disappointment. The spending measures passed despite an $11 billion budget deficit, and a watered-down parental notification measure failed. Here’s an interactive county-by-county map showing how each county voted. To summarize:

Presidential Election

Glenn County
McCain – 60%
Obama – 38%

McCain – 37%
Obama – 61%

Proposition 4 (parental notification)

Glenn County
Yes – 57%
No – 43%

Yes – 48%
No – 52%

Proposition 8 (restore marriage)

Glenn County
Yes – 73%
No – 27%

Yes – 53%
No – 48%


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