Thursday, September 18, 2008

Roll-back of California Same-sex Marriage Not Likely

A constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in California has lost support during the past two months and now trails by a 17-point margin.

-- From "Same-sex marriage ban losing steam in California" by Aurelio Rojas, Sacramento Bee 9/18/08

Just 38 percent of likely voters back Proposition 8, while 55 percent say they will vote against the Nov. 4 ballot measure, according to a new Field Poll. In July, the measure trailed by nine points.

Since then, the heading on the ballot summary -- which began with the words "Limit on Marriage" on petitions to gather signatures for the measure -- has been changed on voter pamphlets to read "Eliminates right of same-sex couples to marry."

Attorney General Jerry Brown decided to change the wording after the state Supreme Court in May overturned a ban on gay marriages in California.

While a majority of Protestants back Proposition 8, larger majorities of Catholics, those affiliated with other religions and those with no preference intend to vote "No," according to the poll.

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