Election flashback: Coachella Valley supported Prop 8

June 26th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

Hundreds of people are expected in Palm Springs tonight to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic rulings on same sex marriage.

But in 2008, the Coachella Valley was a solid backer of Proposition 8.

A Desert Sun analysis of the nine cities’ voting patterns showed 54.3 percent of the valley backed the marriage ban.

Palm Springs was the only desert city to oppose the measure, with nearly 65 percent of city voters saying no.

Even voters in the traditionally blue cities of Coachella and Indio – which supported the Democratic party in the presidential and 80th Assembly District races — showed strong support for banning same sex marriage.

At the time, experts credited the Latino population and their traditional family values.

“Prop. 8 was not a partisan campaign,” said Frank Schubert, campaign manager for the Yes on 8 effort, told The Desert Sun at the time.

“That’s why you see this amazing coalition of voters who supported Prop 8. That coalition may not agree on many things. But they did agree on traditional marriage.”

Today’s 5-4 ruling supports a trial court’s declaration that Prop 8 is unconstitutional.

All 58 California counties must now recognize the rights of same-sex couples to legally marry. But licenses won’t be issued until the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifts a stay of the injunction that was in place throughout the appeals process.

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