It sure looks that way. After months of trailing in polls, Prop 8 same-sex marriage ban is now ahead.
Officials for No on Prop 8, the campaign to defeat this November’s ballot Proposition 8 which would take away the right of same-sex couples to marry, say that a recent internal poll shows the proposition passing if the election were held today. A recent CBS/SurveyUSA had similar findings.
California’s constitution now allows marriage between any two adults, regardless of their gender. Proposition 8 would redefine legal marriage as only being permitted between a man and a woman. In some cases, same-sex couples would even be denied the right to form legal civil unions.
“Our most recent polling data shows us four points behind,” said Geoff Kors, a member of the NO on Prop 8 Executive Committee. “And unless we raise significant new dollars, we will not be able to compete with the proponents on television.” The latest poll from Lake Research shows the race 47% Yes and 43% No.
“While our poll didn’t surprise us, it did confirm that we were starting to lose ground because we simply cannot match the proponents dollar for dollar on television,” said Steve Smith, NO on Prop 8 Senior Campaign Strategist. “We wanted to let LGBT community know that there is a level of complacency and false sense of security, and we wanted to set the record straight.”
Smith said, “Public polls have given everyone the impression that this campaign is over – it’s already won. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Up until now, opposition to Prop 8 has been leading consistently in polls. But religious organizations, especially the Mormon Church, have been raising much more money than the opposition.
And now Yes on 8, an organization supporting Prop 8, is using that money to run dishonest, misleading ads in Spanish and English throughout the state in attempts to appeal to bigotry, intolerance and ignorance when it comes to GLBT people.
The Yes on 8 ads contain outright lies. No on Prop 8 has the facts:
Lie # 1. People can be sued over personal beliefs. NOT TRUE.
California’s laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.
Lie # 2. Churches can lose their tax-exemption status. NOT TRUE.
Nothing in Prop 8 would force churches to do anything. In fact, the court decision regarding marriage specifically says “no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”
Lie # 3. Same-sex marriage would be taught in public schools. NOT TRUE. Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it.
Lie # 4. Four Activist Judges in San Francisco… NOT TRUE.
Prop 8 is not about courts and judges, it’s about eliminating a fundamental right. Judges didn’t grant the right, the constitution guarantees the right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that judges aren’t supposed to protect rights and freedoms.
This campaign is about whether Californians, right now, in 2008 are willing to amend the constitution for the sole purpose of eliminating a fundamental right for one group of citizens.
A Sacramento Superior Court judge has already ruled that this claim by the proponents of Prop 8 is “false and misleading.” In fact, the “case” that is cited in the ad is from Massachusetts…the proponents knew what California law said, so they used another state, again to mislead voters.
Our donations and action are badly needed in the remaining weeks before the election on November 4th. You can donate and find other ways to make a difference at No on Prop 8 and Equality California.
Don’t let ignorance and bigotry be written into our state constitution!