Jeffrey Ressner of the Politico writes that Barack Obama has largely been silent on Proposition 8, with No on 8 organizers even sending out mailers to clarify that the candidate is against the effort to ban same-sex marriage.
Ressner writes, “Some Obama supporters wish the Democratic presidential hopeful would
speak out more forcefully against the initiative and perhaps even issue
a statement before Election Day. Immediately after the measure
qualified for the ballot in June, the Illinois senator wrote a
wide-ranging letter to San Francisco’s Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay
Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club in which he said he opposed “the
divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California
constitution” and similar moves in other states.
“Since then, however, Obama has not made any bold pronouncements or
urged supporters to specifically vote no on 8. “It’s been frustrating,”
says one gay Obama supporter and fundraiser.”
If it passes, there will be some consternation over squandered time: “Once Proposition 8 got on the ballot in June, LGBT activists met and
brainstormed to oppose it, but no one stepped up to lead the effort.
Precious weeks, if not months, were wasted, say some activists.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean reportedly offered
to go on a media/fundraising tour but never heard back from organizers.”
Obama did answer a question about it on MTV on Saturday: “I think it’s unnecessary. I believe
marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay
marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to
prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me
that’s not what America’s about. Usually, our constitutions expand
liberties, they don’t contract them.”
No on 8 released an ad today that notes Obama’s opposition, as well as that of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. Diane Feinstein.
And thousands of Proposition 8 supporters show up in San Diego to fast and pray at an event dubbed TheCall, while opponents gather in the city’s Hillcrest neighborhood for a candlelight vigil.