The gay community is solidly behind Barack Obama. But because Barack Obama is pushing the black community out to vote, many believe his get-out-the-vote program will actually help the ban on gay marriage pass because a majority of African-Americans are against gay marriage.
According to CBS News:
Those campaigning in California for Proposition 8, which would reinstate the ban on gay marriage, believe they’ll get a lot of unintended help from Barack Obama on Election Day, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.
“We thank Barack Obama, even though he’s not supporting it, for helping us,” says Sonja Eddings Brown, of an anti-gay-marriage group called Protect Marriage. “We think it’s going to push us over the top.”
Obama is expected to bring African-American voters out in record numbers, and those voters are seen as often being more conservative on issues involving homosexuality.
Pastor Edward Smith of Zoe Christian Fellowship has been urging members of his Los Angeles area church to vote for the gay marriage ban.
“Marriage has always been defined as a man and a woman,” Smith says.
For Smith, it’s the most significant item on the November ballot.
“This issue is more important than who becomes president of our states to me and to our Christian believers,” he says.
The battle against gay marriage has seemed somewhat bleak the past few months but recent polls indicate a victory for traditional marriage may just happen after all.
News hit yesterday that Florida voters look close to passing a gay-marriage ban, according to the Miami Herald. “So the ”Florida Marriage Protection Amendment” garners wide support — 55 percent in support; 34 percent opposed.”
Even in California, a recent CBS 5/SurveyUSA poll found 47 percent support for a ban and 42 percent opposition to it.
This is all good news.
I wonder why the sudden shift, however. I wonder if it has something to do with the economy. Maybe there’s a party’s over atmosphere taking hold of America. Maybe America’s feeling a little more sober and looking at things like adults. This is a good thing. Let’s hope it continues.
Update: Four Connecticut judges just ruled 4-3 for same-sex-marriage. So expect fights over this one in the near future as well.