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Some Anti-Gay Proponents Don't Want Prop 8 Appealed, Would Rather See California be the Gay State

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American Family Radio host David Barton doesn't want to see proponents of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, appeal the recent ruling that found it unconstitutional. He fears it will ultimately be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court meaning the 31 states that have also banned gay marriage "will go down in flames," according to Mother Jones.

If the Supreme Court finds Prop 8 unconstitutional, "there's not a marriage amendment in the country that can stand," said Barton. "And so the problem is that instead of California losing its amendment, now 31 states lose their amendment. And that won't happen if California doesn't appeal its decision. It's just California that loses its amendment."

But can "sacrificing" California actually work in the long term? Likely not. Any future challenge in a different state will look to California and see how gay marriage has not affected the Golden State negatively.