Prop 8 Supporters Threaten Justice Recall

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Supporters of California's Proposition 8 say they will attempt to recall justices of the state's supreme court if they vote to overturn the measure.

The high court agreed, Wednesday, to hear cases challenging Prop 8, which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

How does the gay community's claim that this is a civil rights issue sit with the black community? Click play for more from Bishop Harry Jackson with the High Impact Leadership Coalition, following this report.

"This push-back in the last two weeks has actually mobilized the Yes on 8 people," said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. "Yes on 8" is the name of the fundraising campaign behind Prop 8.

Rodriguez added that if the Supreme Court overturns the measure as he expects, "you will see a mobilized group like you have never seen in the state of California...there are grounds for a recall...We have an oligarchy, an oligarchy in judges' role in the state of California."

Voters in 2003 succeeded in recalling then Gov. Gray Davis, which led to the appointment of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But election expert Ted Costa says talk of actually recalling members of the state Supreme Court could be risky.

If that happens, watch out for a "barn-burner of an election -- the biggest thing this state has ever seen," he said.

Costa said several supporters of Prop 8 have already contacted him about a possible recall of justices Ronald George, Joyce Kennard, Kathryn Werdegar and Carlos Moreno.

Though he doesn't recommend a recall, Costa believes it wouldn't be difficult to remove the individuals. Signatures of 12 percent of the electorate would be needed.

Opponents of Prop 8 argue that the initiative was a revision rather than a constitutional amendment, and thus, requires a two-thirds vote by the Legislature to pass.

Meanwhile, tensions across the nation over the passage of the traditional marriage amendment continuue.

Vandalisms and protests have been reported not only in California, but in Utah, home to the Mormon church-- a strong financial backer of Prop 8.

Just after the Nov. 4 election, gay rights supporters also released blacklists of those who they say are supporters of Prop 8. The Web site lists individuals, businesses and ministries along with their location and the amount they each donated.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Associated Press

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