They weren't voting to to express their religious beliefs, the voted to deny other equal treatment under the law. The need to have a public vote to determine what your own individual beliefs are it - well - kind of illogical. The vote wasn't about beliefs it was about actions, the action of passing a law to deny citizens access to the rights, responsibilities, and benefits of Civil Marriage.
That was a snap poll on election night (November 4th) to make the newspapers the next morning (November 5th) of a fairly small percentage of the voters, later analysis of precinct level voting patterns state wide later showed that Africian-Americans comprised 7% of the voters that cast ballots and 59% voted in favor of Prop 8.
The highest two indicators of voting in favor of denying same-sex couples equal treatment under Civil Marriage laws was age (65+, 23% of the vote, voting 69% in favor) and weekly religious attendance (45% of the voter, voting 70% in favor).
Age and religious observance were much bigger factors than the color of the voters skin.
How do you vote to ban prayer?
"Amendment 2: This amendment establishes a lifetime prison sentence for any form of prayer within state territory"
Pretty simple i guess
Banning prayer in a state can't possibly happen, so it's irrelevant. By the way, "conservatives always launch into hysteria at these rulings" is a very broad statement.
All judges IMO are "activist" in a way because they're all human and all see things differently. They can't even agree on the interpretation of the Constitution. There will always be rulings we as individuals agree with, and then those we don't agree with.
The ones in CA who voted for Prop 8 were mostly religious people, based on the exit polls. Apparently it was their religion that caused them to vote as they did. I would need to see some evidence that their votes were based on an intent to ignore individual liberties.
In the end, it all comes down to the test of heightened scrutiny and same-sex marriage bans are never going to pass that test.
One of you will end up here next!
You can't ban prayer because you don't need the government's approval to pray in your shower.