Melissa says she thinks part of the reason Proposition 8 passed was that the wording on the ballot was confusing. "If you vote yes, it means no, [you don't want gay marriage to be legal]. If you vote no, it means yes, [you want gay marriage to be legal]," she says. "It was very complicated."
The passage of Proposition 8 also brings up complex issues about the separation of church and state, Melissa says. Some people believe marriage is about religion, whereas she believes it's about civil rights. "We are a country that allows all religious freedoms. It's wonderful," she says. "But, I [should] still get to have the same rights as you do."