I’m not a fan, in principle, of the super-direct democracy of California’s ballot measures. One of the problems with letting un-elected citizens draft laws is that, often, a proposition success or failure isn’t even close to the final word. It was clear since the state Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in May and opponents responded with Proposition 8 that win or lose there would be lawsuits.
Same-sex marriage advocates have already vowed to take their case to court. Add that expense to the administrative costs of Prop. 8 and the $73 million for and against.
But African-American Californians overwhelmingly supported Prop. 8, by a 7-to-3 margin. Black women (who made up 6% of the electorate) were even more supportive, telling exit pollsters they voted for the measure by a 3-to-1 margin.