Sunday, 4 September 2011

Calif gay history referendum facing uphill battle?

The really intriguing element in this report is that the Catholic and Mormon churches have not (yet) lent any financial or organizational support to this anti-gay initiative, and that this lack of church support could sink the attempt. If so, it corroborates the evidence from elsewhere that they are likely to be less enthusiastic than in 2008 and 2009 to dive into the marriage ballots come November 2012 - and that is good news for the forces fighting for marriage and equality. 
"Organizers of the Stop SB48 campaign— Senate Bill 48 was the law approved by the California Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in July — are telling would-be voters the new mandate would inappropriately expose young children to sex, infringe on parental rights and silence religion-based criticisms of homosexuality. Those are talking points successfully used by proponents of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in California.
But so far, Mormon and Catholic church leaders and conservative groups who spearheaded the Proposition 8 campaign have not joined the effort to qualify the gay history referendum for the June 2012 ballot, leaving less-experienced Christian conservatives to lead the charge without the organizational prowess and funding to hire paid signature gatherers."
-The Associated Press:

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