Proposition 8, which passed with 52 percent of the vote earlier this month, overturned the high court's May decision legalizing homosexual marriage in California. The easure inserts language into the constitution limiting marriage to one man and one woman.
Gay and civil rights groups, the city of San Francisco and other plaintiffs have asked the court to void the measure on the grounds that voters did not have the authority to make, what they say, is a fundamental constitutional change.
The California Council of Churches and the Episcopal bishops of Northern California and Los Angeles were among those asking the high court to invalidate Proposition 8. They argue that if voters are permitted to take away rights from a group based on sexual orientation, the same could happen to religious minorities.
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Note: California Episcopal Bishops are also known to be heretics. Their positions have been rejected by 3/4 of the worldwide Anglican Communion. They give Holy Communion to Hindus and support the syncretistic United Religions Initiative (URI). Lee Penn, an expert on the URI, has written, "The most ambitious organization in today’s interfaith movement is the United Religions Initiative (URI), founded by William Swing, the Episcopal Bishop of California."
The Episcopal Church in the USA is a political activist organization. That reality is embodied in the Presiding Bishop's personal (non-Christian) beliefs. She has said, "The question is always how can we get beyond our own narrow self-interest and see that our salvation lies in attending to the needs of other people." [Presiding Bishop, Parabola, Spring 2007].