Newsom, supporters wait for Prop. 8 results

November 5, 2008 12:07:55 AM PST
Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Yes on 8 campaign are waiting for final results.

One of the most-watched local issues in the nation was Proposition 8 -- the California initiative to end same-sex marriage.

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom became the face of the "no" on Proposition 8 movement.

Mayor Newsom visited the "no on 8" party on Tuesday night, and thanked the crowd, the activists and the same-sex couples saying: "We all owe you a debt of gratitude."

He also praised the court saying the California Supreme Court stood on principle ruling there is nothing in the Constitution that allows discrimination.

Mayor Newsom hopes California gets it when it comes to same-sex marriage.

"Tonight we await a verdict. What an extraordinary moment in time, what an extraordinary moment in the lives of tens of thousands of people that came together in the last few months. All I can say is thank you for your courage, thank you for your faith, thank you for your love and devotion," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

State Senator Barbara Lee said: "No matter what happens with this election, the movement will not end tonight."

Meanwhile the 'Yes on 8' campaign in Sacramento is confident that the measure will pass. The numbers started to shift quite quickly, just last week they were behind by 6 percent.

"If the numbers hold out and we win with 53 percent, which is what it looks like we are going to, and that's what it looks like with the vote that is in so far, I would explain that two ways: number one with our tremendous get out to vote volunteer efforts, and number two that the people were not telling the pollsters exactly how they were voters, because they didn't consider it politically correct to vote for traditional marriage," said Yes on 8 co-chairman Frank Schubert.


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