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Guide to the No on Knight Initiative Campaign Records
2000-18  
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Description
This collection comprises the planning, administrative, and fundraising records created from the "No on Knight" initiative campaign (1999-2000). Photographs, audio-visual materials, and oversized items, such as banners and posters, are also included in this collection. The Knight Initiative or California's Proposition 22 (2000) sought to change the California definition of marriage by adding the phrase "Only a marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized." That proposal clearly outlawed same-sex marriages. The "No on Knight" initiative campaign was promptly organized by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender political activists in an attempt to defeat Prop 22.
Background
In late 1998, California State Senator Pete Knight (Republican - Elk Grove) announced a new Initiative, dubbed the ?Definition of Marriage?, which sought to change California law by adding the phrase ?Only a marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized.? This proposal clearly outlawed both same-sex marriage and the recognition of such marriages performed in other jurisdictions.
Extent
8 cubic feet 18 boxes and 2 map folders
Restrictions
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
Availability
Collection open for research.