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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Gay Marriage Electoral Strategy Aims At 2010

Excerpted from ABC News:
Same-sex marriage backers in California, anticipating a loss in court, are preparing to make their case at the ballot box in 2010 rather than waiting until 2012. [...]

While traditional turnout models might recommend waiting until 2012, recent gay marriage victories in Iowa, Vermont, and the District of Columbia have emboldened gay rights activists in California.
Advocates of same-sex marriage are also encouraged to try in 2010 rather than in 2012 because all three Democrats eyeing the governor's office -- Newsom, Attorney General Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- are active supporters of gay marriage, in contrast with President Obama, the Democrat who will likely top the party ticket in 2012. [...]

To address voter concerns about the impact that state-sanctioned gay marriage could have on religious institutions, the Courage Campaign is considering possible ballot language that would guarantee the right of any two unrelated consenting adults to marry, while simultaneously stating that churches have a right to decide for themselves whom to marry.

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