Proposition 8 (California, 2010)
Let the people's will, not the courts', prevail on gay marriage

To the editor: In 2000, the state of California adopted Proposition 22, which forbade the licensing of same-sex marriages. In 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that law unconstitutional. ("Supreme Court clears the way for gay marriage in 11 more states," Oct. 6) In response, Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment against the redefining of marriage, was placed on that year's November ballot. It received more than 52% of the vote. Although upheld by the state Supreme Court, federal District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8 on Aug. 4, 2010. More than 7 million voters were effectively disenfranchised. This is what is meant by the term "judicial...