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Obama: "I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states."
July 1, 2008
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Did Obama Just Lose The Election?
He may have if the Republican Party rises to the challenge. Here’s the news that the liberal media won’t tell you: Barack Obama has embraced the radical agenda of the militant homosexual rights movement. As I reported to you recently, Senator McCain publicly endorsed the effort in California to pass a marriage protection amendment this November in response to the outrageous decision by the state Supreme Court finding a new right for men to “marry” other men.
After the California Supreme Court issued its opinion, which arrogantly ignored the 61% of California voters who approved a Defense of Marriage law in 2000, the Obama campaign issued a press release that read, “[Senator Obama] respects the decision of the California Supreme Court, and continues to believe that states should make their own decisions when it comes to the issue of marriage.”
Apparently he didn’t mean it. We learned this morning that Senator Obama is now siding with the liberal judicial activists and the homosexual movement instead of the vast majority of Californians. In a letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Obama wrote the following:
“…I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same-sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. …And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states. …Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks.”
Did you catch that? According to Senator Obama, if you try to make sure that marriage remains the union of one man and one woman in your home state, YOU are being “divisive and discriminatory.”
The timing of Senator Obama’s letter couldn’t be better. Today, the Washington, D.C., media outfit Politico has posted a column I wrote on the potential impact of this very issue. In my column I note the following facts:
A 2007 Quinnipiac poll found that homosexuality remains a powerful issue in key states like Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. In all three, a much higher percentage of voters (34 percent to 10 percent in Ohio, 28 percent to 10 percent in Florida and 28 percent to 11 percent in Pennsylvania) said they would be “less likely” to vote for a candidate who received an endorsement from a gay rights group. Earlier this month, the nation’s largest homosexual rights lobbying group, the Human Rights Campaign, endorsed Barack Obama citing his “unwavering commitment” to its issues.
In response to the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas and the state court decision authorizing homosexual “marriages” in Massachusetts, 11 state marriage amendments passed at the ballot box the following year with an average approval vote of 70 percent. To date, the voters of 27 states have passed marriage protection amendments.
Barack Obama may be willing to write off Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Texas – states where traditional marriage won the backing of 75% or more of the electorate. But what about Virginia, where 57% of the voters backed a marriage amendment in 2006? What about Michigan, where 59% of voters supported a marriage amendment in 2004?
Now, I realize some people want Senator McCain to speak up more and go farther than he has on pro-family issues. I have been among those encouraging him to do so. Yes, because I want him to win, but more importantly because the meaning of marriage and family matters immensely to the health and well-being of our society. The American people are not bigots, and they understand that children deserve a mother and a father. This is a perfect example of good politics being good policy!
That being said, conservatives who do care about pro-family, pro-life values need to understand and appreciate the very stark difference between John McCain and Barack Obama. John McCain is with us on this issue. We may disagree on strategy regarding the need for a federal marriage amendment, but we do not disagree on the fundamental meaning of marriage.
In contrast, Obama wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which passed the Senate in 1996 with a vote of 85-to-14! His position on traditional marriage (and abortion too!) is the most radical and extreme of any candidate for president of the United States. And I have no doubt that the judges he would nominate to the Supreme Court would share his radical views.
When it comes to moral issues, it is clear that Senator Obama is entirely committed to the radical leftwing ideology at the expense of the common sense traditional values that have served our nation so well for so long. Openly embracing homosexual “marriage” is certainly “change,” but it’s clearly not the kind of change that most Americans want.