The elections that took place in November 2008 provided historical opportunities for change in many areas of social and political concern. While the Presidential race was consuming the majority of news coverage, another election in California was also recognized as having national importance and interest. Proposition 8 was a ballot referendum that asked California voters to answer, Should the California constitution be changed to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry, providing that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California?
[...] on 8 lead is eroding in poll.” Los Angeles Times 23 Oct Home Edition: A1. Lexis-Nexis Academic Nov < http://libproxy.temple.ed u:2210/us/lnacademic/results/docview/docview.do?docLinkInd=true&risb=21_T532 7653163&format=GNBFI&sort=RELEVANCE&startDocNo=51&resultsUrlKey=29_T53276531 66&cisb=22_T5327653165&treeMax=true&treeWidth=0&csi=306910&docNo=51> Garrison, Jessica, and Maura Dolan. “Justices will hear Prop challenges.” Los Angeles Times 20 Nov Home Edition: A1. Lexis-Nexis Academic.5 Dec < http://libproxy.temple.edu:2210/us/lnacademic/results/docview/docview.do?do cLinkInd=true&risb=21_T5327653163&format=GNBFI&sort=RELEVANCE&startDocNo=76& resultsUrlKey=29_T5327653166&cisb=22_T5327653165&treeMax=true&treeWidth=0&cs i=306910&docNo=91> Garrison, Jessica and Dan Morain. “Voters warm to gay marriage.” Los Angeles Times 19 Jul Home Edition: B4. Lexis-Nexis Academic Dec < http://lib proxy.temple.edu:2210/us/lnacademic/results/docview/docview.do?docLinkInd=tr ue&risb=21_T5327653163&format=GNBFI&sort=RELEVANCE&startDocNo=26&resultsUrlK ey=29_T5327653166&cisb=22_T5327653165&treeMax=true&treeWidth=0&csi=306910&do cNo=43> Hennessy, Mark. “Vote could put end to same-sex marriage.” The Irish Times 21 Oct. [...]
[...] Conclusion The Los Angeles Times provided much more coverage on Proposition 8 than The Irish Times. Even so, The Irish Times did provide a good amount of coverage of Prop 8 with detailed information for the people of Ireland. It makes sense that the Los Angeles Times would enjoy much more coverage time, more prominent placement, and longer, more detailed articles. It is clear that both newspapers view gay marriage as a significant social issue and something that should be reported on, and it is a very popular issue currently. [...]
[...] The other was from Los Angeles Times writer Mary Engel when Proposition 22 was ruled unconstitutional of same-sex weddings begins in California on day court ruling goes into effect” 1). Two of the stories were written by Staff Writer of The Irish Times Mark Hennessy, one of these reports was filed on October from Los Angeles could put end to same- sex marriage” 1). It became evident to me that Hennessy was a U.S. reporter for the paper, as his next article was filed from Washington on October on reversing gay marriage laws could be carried in California” 1). [...]
[...] Background In March of 2000, California voters were asked to vote on Proposition 22, which, if passed, would change state law specify that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in the California” (“Proposition 8 Title and Summary” 1). This measure was passed with 61% of the vote (“Voters warm to gay marriage,” 1). However, in May of 2008, the California State Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 22's resulting legislature was against that State Constitution's equal protection clause, and it was said that “individuals of the same sex have the right to marry” (“Proposition 8 Title and Summary” 1). [...]
[...] I also looked at three editorials regarding Prop 8 that ran in the months of July, October and November in the Los Angeles Times. In The Irish Times I looked at two editorials, one from July of 2007 and one from January of 2008. The first was regarding the process of democracy involving propositions on ballots in the U.S., and the second was regarding whether or not the state should sanction gay marriage. These editorials suggest to me that gay marriage is an important topic to the Irish, but that Prop 8 was not important enough to warrant more recent editorials on the subject. [...]
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