CA Voters Overturn Court Ruling on Same-sex Marriage

November 6, 2008 ( - Voters in Arizona, Florida, and California on November 4 agreed to state constitutional amendments to specify only marriage between a man and a woman as valid.

According to an SHRM news report, with 94% of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning, slightly more than half of California voters (52%) approved the ban on same-sex marriage, overturning a May 2008 California Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage (See Golden State Court Allows Gay Marriages ).

Sixty-two percent of Florida voters and 56% of Arizona voters also decided to define marriage as being only between a man and a woman, with 99% of the precincts in each state reporting.

Illegal Workers

SHRM also reports that 59% of Arizona voters approved changes to state law that penalize an employer for intentionally or knowingly employing an alien not authorized under federal law to work in the United States.

The Legal Arizona Workers Act allows for suspension and revocation of licenses of businesses that knowingly employ unauthorized workers and mandates that employers use the federal E-Verify program during the hiring process. Some Arizona businesses and Hispanic civil rights groups filed a lawsuit to temporarily block the state’s new law, asking that the court declare the law unconstitutional (See AZ Prosecutors to Delay Any Illegal Immigration Cases ).