How Proposition 8 passed in California — and why it wouldn’t today

Lost amid today’s Supreme Court oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8 is a simple question: How did a gay marriage ban pass in one of the most liberal states in the country just four years ago?

The answer is both fascinating and complex, and reveals just how much the Golden State (and the country) has evolved on the issue since the 2008 election. [cont.]

Chris Cillizza & Sean Sullivan, Washington Post