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Proposition 8: Let the spin begin

November 5, 2008 |  2:15 am

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, is leading -- but definitely still in play. But the pro-Proposition 8 people are already feeling like victors. And some Republicans, looking for a victory on a tough night, are joining in. The view from the Yes-on-8 side:

"We caused Californians to rethink this issue," Proposition 8 strategist Jeff Flint said. Early in the campaign, he noted, polls showed the measure trailing by 17 points. "I think the voters were thinking, well, if it makes them happy, why shouldn't we let gay couples get married? And I think we made them realize that there are broader implications to society and particularly the children when you make that fundamental change that's at the core of how society is organized, which is marriage."

The anti-Proposition 8 forces are still hoping the numbers turn around. "You decided to live your life out loud. You fell in love and you said 'I do.' Tonight, we await a verdict," San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said, speaking to a roaring crowd. "I'm crossing my fingers."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Paul Sakuma/Associated Press