The right of gay and lesbian couples to wed on an equal legal basis with heterosexual couples has long stirred opposition not only among social conservatives but also among a much broader swath of society. But in the four short months since a landmark California Supreme Court ruling legalized gay marriage, a significant social shift seems to have occurred.
As gay couples have gone to the courthouse and entered into matrimony, usually surrounded by champagne, family and friends, the worst fears of gay marriage opponents suddenly seem greatly inflated. For instance, Christian conservatives have asserted for years that allowing gays to marry would undermine heterosexual unions – hence, such laws as the Defense of Marriage Act. In truth, however, there has been no discernible impact on traditional marriage between a man and a woman now that gay couples in California have the same right.......
In the past, this page has advocated civil unions for gay couples rather than marriage. But our thinking has changed, along with that of many other Californians. Gay and lesbian couples deserve the same dignity and respect in marriage that heterosexual couples have long enjoyed. We urge a No vote on Proposition 8.
(My emphasis). Go read the whole thing. They very sensibly demolish the major anti-gay marriage arguments. It's really something.
I may have to revive my subscription!
Update: Although this is encouraging news, and the polls look good, remember the Pro-Prop 8 forces are planning to start their big media buys next weekend (the 29th). Their strategy is to have a BIG push for the final few weeks of the election in hopes that our side can't counter in time. They will tell lies about what gay marriage means. We have to be ready to respond.
Unfortunately, the haters are currently out-raising us in money, helped particularly by the Mormon and Catholic churches as well as fundy Christian groups.
PLEASE more than ever it's important to SUPPORT THE No-on-8 campaign. Send money! Buy bumper stickers! Defeat the haters!