$39,046,062

$44,123,811

Supporting gay
marriage ban

Opposing gay
marriage ban

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In November 2008 — five months after gay couples began marrying in the state — Californians went to the polls and voted 52% to 48% to ban same-sex marriage.

Proposition 8 amended California’s Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman and is the state’s costliest social initiative to date, with more than $83 million raised.

The initiative fight got underway after the California Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a 2000 vote that limited marriage to heterosexual couples. In their May 2008 decision, the justices said gay couples had the same fundamental right to marry.

Supporters of Proposition 8 wanted to end gay marriage in California; opponents wanted to maintain the right of same-sex couples to wed.

Read arguments for and against the ban from the Secretary of State's Official Voter Information Guide.

Total donations opposing ban
  1. 1. California $30,907,615
  2. 2. New York $2,885,815
  3. 3. Ohio $1,411,456
  4. 4. Illinois $1,292,992
  5. 5. District of Columbia $1,217,876
  6. 6. Michigan $1,123,852
  7. 7. Utah $1,086,845
  8. 8. Massachusetts $984,663
  9. 9. Colorado $716,004
  10. 10. Texas $330,078
  11. 11. Washington $255,491
  12. 12. Florida $236,794
  13. 13. Maryland $205,560
  14. 14. Pennsylvania $148,564
  15. 15. Virginia $148,493
  16. 16. New Jersey $124,685
  17. 17. Oregon $108,680
  18. 18. Georgia $77,690
  19. 19. Minnesota $74,065
  20. 20. Connecticut $59,552
  21. 21. Hawaii $57,030
  22. 22. Nevada $54,695
  23. 23. Arizona $52,562
  24. 24. North Carolina $47,388
  25. 25. New Mexico $46,439
  26. 26. Missouri $45,698
  27. 27. Wisconsin $35,951
  28. 28. Indiana $34,974
  29. 29. Tennessee $33,548
  30. 30. Iowa $29,923
  31. 31. Maine $25,010
  32. 32. Oklahoma $23,395
  33. 33. Louisiana $20,220
  34. 34. Kansas $18,835
  35. 35. New Hampshire $14,170
  36. 36. Rhode Island $12,465
  37. 37. South Carolina $12,450
  38. 38. Nebraska $12,118
  39. 39. Alaska $11,690
  40. 40. Delaware $11,300
  41. 41. Vermont $9,875
  42. 42. Kentucky $9,595
  43. 43. South Dakota $7,375
  44. 44. Alabama $6,885
  45. 45. Puerto Rico $6,700
  46. 46. Idaho $5,949
  47. 47. Arkansas $4,973
  48. 48. West Virginia $4,005
  49. 49. Montana $3,835
  50. 50. Mississippi $3,275
  51. 51. Wyoming $2,633
  52. 52. North Dakota $1,325
  53. 53. Virgin Islands $250
Total donations supporting ban
  1. 1. California $27,702,491
  2. 2. Utah $2,774,809
  3. 3. Connecticut $1,422,854
  4. 4. Pennsylvania $1,206,877
  5. 5. Texas $1,122,925
  6. 6. Colorado $721,440
  7. 7. District of Columbia $614,935
  8. 8. Michigan $542,477
  9. 9. Mississippi $501,701
  10. 10. Idaho $453,444
  11. 11. Hawaii $327,168
  12. 12. Arizona $271,589
  13. 13. Illinois $222,319
  14. 14. Washington $206,667
  15. 15. New Mexico $206,382
  16. 16. Nevada $114,781
  17. 17. Missouri $72,088
  18. 18. Florida $61,273
  19. 19. Maryland $56,428
  20. 20. Wyoming $55,450
  21. 21. Rhode Island $51,250
  22. 22. Iowa $50,820
  23. 23. Virginia $45,531
  24. 24. Oregon $22,912
  25. 25. Arkansas $22,200
  26. 26. Georgia $15,685
  27. 27. Montana $14,350
  28. 28. New York $13,711
  29. 29. Nebraska $12,650
  30. 30. Alaska $12,591
  31. 31. Minnesota $12,555
  32. 32. South Carolina $12,071
  33. 33. Ohio $11,844
  34. 34. Tennessee $10,991
  35. 35. Massachusetts $10,497
  36. 36. New Jersey $9,805
  37. 37. Indiana $6,763
  38. 38. Kansas $6,590
  39. 39. Wisconsin $5,516
  40. 40. North Carolina $5,250
  41. 41. Kentucky $4,295
  42. 42. Oklahoma $4,073
  43. 43. Louisiana $3,650
  44. 44. Alabama $3,228
  45. 45. Maine $1,518
  46. 46. North Dakota $950
  47. 47. Delaware $885
  48. 48. New Hampshire $725
  49. 49. South Dakota $633
  50. 50. Virgin Islands $500
  51. 51. West Virginia $398
  52. 52. Vermont $100
  53. 53. Puerto Rico No records
Source: California Secretary of State
Credits: Michelle Minkoff, Maloy Moore, Sandra Poindexter and Ben Welsh
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