The fight for and against same sex marriage California has become "the most expensive social issue campaign in U.S. history." More than $73 million has been raised by both both supporters and opponents of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that would outlaw same-sex marriage in California. The San Jose Mercury News reports the figure is more than "twice the total that was spent in the 24 states where similar measures were put to voters since 2004.
No surprise where the money is coming from.
The most most-of-state money has come from Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has encouraged faithful Mormons to support Proposition 8. Of the $3.6 million in Utah contributions, $2.6 million has gone to committees backing the measure.
If passed, the initiative would overrule the state Supreme Court decision in May that said preventing gays from marrying was unlawful discrimination. Since the ruling more than 16,000 gay couples have wed in California. Those weddings would be invalidated under the newly amended constitution. Clerks offices throughout the state "reported issuing large numbers of marriage licenses on Friday and Monday to same-sex couples who opted to tie the knot in case the initiative passes."
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