>ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
While Barack Obama says on the one hand he opposes the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in California, he somehow doesn’t like same-sex marriage. If this is the way he deals with problems, America faces a long, hard four years of liberality if he’s elected.
The man would rather let stand a California court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage. Since the ban is the only feasible way to overturn the judge’s decision, one must conclude that Obama, a sit-on-your-hands democratic liberal, likes same-sex marriage. Actions speak louder than words.
This has become a national referendum, though the voting will only be in California. Observers believe that the outcome of this debate and vote will play a huge role as to what happens in other states.
Both Sides Spending Big on California’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban
The constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in California has been drawing large contributions from proponents on both sides of the issue.
The amendment, which will appear on the November ballot, was introduced following the California Supreme Court’s May 15 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The amendment states: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” But its outcome will affect all of America in one way or another.
The gay rights group Equity for All and a related organization raised about
$2.6 million in the first half of 2008 to fight the amendment, Proposition 8, according to an analysis of campaign fundraising by the San Jose Mercury-News.
That’s about $300,000 more than the amount raised by the major backers of the amendment, Protect Marriage and the National Organization for Marriage-California.
The amendment’s largest boost before June 30 came from James Dobson’s Focus on the Family organization, which gave $250,000 to Protect Marriage.
Focus on the Family spokeswoman Monica Marti told the Mercury-News that Dobson’s organization believes the outcome of the vote on Proposition 8 will affect the rest of the country as well. California does not require couples to be residents to marry there.
Donations have continued to pour in since the end of June, and much of the money has been coming from outside California. The Mississippi-based American Family Association gave Protect Marriage $500,000 on July 21.
“The rest of the nation is watching,” said Protect Marriage spokeswoman Jennifer Kerns.
Equality for All recently received $1.05 million from a political action committee of the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, and $250,000 from the Gill Action Fund, a gay rights foundation in Denver.
Both sides believe they can raise between $10 million and $15 million by Election Day.
Back in 2000, a proposition declaring that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California” passed with 61 percent of the vote.
The Supreme Court ruling struck down that statue, meaning the constitutional amendment is needed to ban same-sex marriage.
Barack Obama opposes the initiative, calling it “divisive and discriminatory,” but he remains opposed to same-sex marriage and supports civil unions and domestic partnerships.
His presidential rival John McCain announced his support for the amendment in June