During 2012, battles over "gay" rights, education, and the state
budget crisis dominated the headlines coming out of The Golden
Prop. 8 heard by courts
The year 2012 was a year filled with challenges for pro-family
Californians and fiscal conservatives who have tremendous battles
to fight in the year ahead.
California pro-family groups celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's
decision to hear the Proposition 8 case at the close of the year.
The California marriage law, which defined marriage as between a
man and a woman, lingered in the courts through 2012.
In February, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with
a lower court decision that said Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
Quinlan, president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays,
said he's worried that the U.S. Supreme Court will override the
majority vote and the Constitution in order to advance the gay
"We're seeing over and over again that there are places where
the Constitution doesn't matter," says Quinlan. "The will of the
people doesn't matter, majority vote doesn't matter. So I am
concerned about the direction we are headed."
California's governor also signed into law a bill that bans
minors from receiving gay-to-straight therapy. SB 1172 goes into
effect January 2013, and would prevent counselors from offering
therapy that would set minors free from a gay lifestyle.
A federal judge upheld SB 1172 while another federal judge ruled
against it (
related article). The law is currently being challenged by
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, stated:
"It will cause a significant and irreparable harm to our clients
who are counselors, parents, and particularly those who are minors
who are receiving this counsel and who benefit from this
Pro-LGBT teaching in schools
California pro-family groups also lost another attempt to
invalidate a state law that requires the teachings of the
contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in
The coalition that sought to overturn SB 48 with a counter
initiative failed to place the item on the statewide ballot for
In another 2012 battle, The Class Act would have required that
only accurate social sciences be taught in public schools.
Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said:
"The fact that we were so close on both tries, tells us there are
indeed many people throughout California who understand the
importance of protecting California's children in public
Gov. Jerry Brown and taxes
In the political realm, California voters passed Governor Jerry
Brown's tax initiative that raises state sales and income taxes to
solve the state's budget deficit. Brown promised voters that the
taxes would generate revenue and would funnel money to
Following the passage of Proposition 30, the state legislature's
budget analyst announced that despite the measure, there is still a
deficit in this year's budget. He added that the state's fiscal
outlook will be brighter only if lawmakers refuse extra spending
and if the state's economy starts to quickly improve.
"This is not going to solve the state's budget problem -- it is
actually simply going to be a band aid on a cancer -- the cancer is
massive amounts of overspending, said
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com. "They will
not cut the waste of the unions or the bureaucrats, and instead,
those Democrats are going to push for more spending."
Thomasson asserts that Democrats will surely ask for more tax
hikes. The governor told voters that if they didn't pass
Proposition 30, he would be forced to make deep cuts to public
State Democrats also won supermajority of the state Legislature,
taking control of both houses. The change marks the first time in
over a century where Democrats dominate the state government. The
status gives Democrats the ability to pass taxes and measures
without Republican opposition, and makes them virtually
James Lacy, publisher of the California Political Review,
believes the state government will continue to expand.
"The reality of the situation is that government has grown every
single year that Jerry Brown has been in office and he has had the
opportunity to exercise his own leadership," Lacy told
"California government is going to continue to grow and they are
going to do everything that they can to stop populism, to stop the
tea party, to stop people that have strong views on social issues
from having any fair opportunity to put their issues on the
California ballot as a way to circumvent the liberal Democratic
Legislature. We are in a state right now of one-party tyranny."
State Democrats said they will look to reform healthcare, public
services, and may implement additional tax hikes in the future.