Proposition 8: “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry.” That’s the ballot label voters will see at the polls on Nov. 4.
After the Third District Court of Appeal ruled against them in a one-sentence opinion issued late Friday, Prop 8 supporters said today that they won’t ask the Supreme Court to re-write the title they consider prejudicial.
“We intend to leave the final outcome to voters,” said Jennifer Kerns, a spokeswoman for the Yes on 8 campaign. The decision is a win for Attorney General Jerry Brown, whose office wrote the Prop 8 title and summary (.pdf).
The fight over Prop 8 now shifts to the race for campaign cash. The Yes on 8 campaign reported receiving a staggering $1.1 million in contributions between Friday and Sunday, according to the Secretary of State’s Web site. Five attorneys donated $5,000 each to the Yes side last week: William Bunker, a partner with Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear in Orange County; Ronald Packard of Packard, Packard & Johnson in Los Altos; a D. Walton of (we’re wondering if this might be Jones Hall) in Walnut Creek; Gregory Weeks from Rancho Santa Fe; and Dean Criddle, a partner in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s San Francisco office.
The No on 8 campaign disclosed more than $214,000 over the last three days, including $5,000 from attorney Joan Mack of Caldwell Leslie & Proctor in Los Angeles.
— Cheryl Miller