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California's gay marriage foes show signs of division

November 23, 2008 | 10:20 pm

The campaign that led the effort to ban gay marriage in California has received kudos for its smart tactics. But there now are signs of division in the camp, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The divide? Sounds like it's between moderates who saw Prop. 8 as about marriage and what children are taught and more outspoken activists who have problems with the "homosexual agenda." From John Wildermuth's report:

Other conservative groups that loudly backed Prop. 8 are being targeted as too extreme and off-putting by ProtectMarriage.com, which put the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot and hopes to help persuade the state Supreme Court to uphold the measure. "We represent the people who got things done, who got Prop. 8 passed," said Andrew Pugno, general counsel for the Yes on Prop. 8 campaign. "An important part of defending Prop. 8 is eliminating arguments not helpful to our concerns." Pugno, for example, persuaded the Supreme Court last week to bar the Campaign for California Families from intervening in the court case over the validity of Prop. 8 and the same-sex marriage ban.

Meanwhile, the boycotts targeting businesses who contributed to Yes on 8 continued. LB Reports has an extensive report on protests over the weekend at an El Polo Loco whose franchise owner gave $6,000 to the campaign. El Polo Loco issued a statement making it clear the corporation itself in neutral: "No donations in support of California's Proposition 8 have been made by El Pollo Loco or on behalf of our franchise organizations. American citizens, however, are entitled to support or oppose issues that are important to them, including individuals in our company and every other organization in America."

--Shelby Grad