SACRAMENTO, CA - Nine members of American River College's student association survived a recall effort this week staged in protest of their votes to support a ballot measure seeking to ban gay marriage in California.
In voting conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, 53 to 54 percent of ARC students opposed individual recalls of the nine targeted members before the official end of their terms in June 2009. 3,531 ARC students voted in the recall petition, accounting for about nine percent of the school's student body.
Last month, nine of the student association's 15-member board approved a resolution supporting Proposition 8, which calls for a statewide ban on gay marriage.
The vote sent the suburban Sacramento campus into an uproar, pitting politicized Christian fundamentalists against a more liberal campus faction.
Last year, the school's Christian Civilization Club observed Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, which led angry Muslim students and others to rip down signs that maligned Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Most of those facing recall Tuesday and Wednesday are fundamentalist Christian, including three members of the Mormon church, an active supporter in the statewide campaign for Proposition 8.