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Obama's stance on Prop. 8

November 3, 2008 |  7:31 am

On MTV, Barack Obama tried to explain why he opposes gay marriage but also is opposed Proposition 8:

Obama told MTV he believes marriage is "between a man and a woman" and that he is "not in favor of gay marriage."  At the same time, Obama reiterated his opposition to Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that would eliminate the right to same-sex marriage that the state's Supreme Court recently recognized.

"I've stated my opposition to this. I think it's unnecessary," Obama told MTV. "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."

San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross sum up the hopes of the pro- and anti-Prop. 8 camps this way: "The pro-same-sexers are betting on the coattails of a big sympathetic turnout generated by Barack Obama's run for the presidency. Democratic tracking polls show that 7 out of 10 Obama voters are ready to vote "no" on the proposed constitutional amendment the marriages. The anti-same-sex-marriage campaign is betting on something that may be just as powerful: a last-minute "Sunday surge" of ministers campaigning from the pulpit."

That factor appeared to play a role in 2000 when voters passed Proposition 22, which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman.

The campaign also has kept law enforcement busy.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Los Angeles Times