The Election

Same-Sex Marriage Banned in California

Amid all the celebration, it’s easy to overlook a large setback that happened last night for the progressive agenda: Proposition 8 passed in California, outlawing same-sex marriage and calling into the question the future of those 18,000 same-sex marriages that have already occurred. Its coalition, oddly, looks similar to Obama’s: Whites opposed it 53 to 47, but blacks supported it 70 to 30 (and Latinos supported it 51 to 49). In early polling, the measure was behind by as many as 17 points. Same-sex marriage was also banned on Florida and Arizona.