Obama Opposes Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Obama Opposes Ban On Same-Sex MarriageThe Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, Barack Obama has announced his opposition to a November ballot measure that outlaws same-sex marriage in California. He sent a letter to San Francisco's Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club, on Sunday, saying that he opposed “the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution” and similar efforts in other states.

Earlier last week, Republican John McCain had expressed his antipathy towards same sex marriage. He told officials of Protect Marriage, an association that gathered 1.1 million signatures for the California measure, that he supported their efforts “to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman.”

Obama is cautiously bypassing his previous stance on this issue. He has frequently stated that he believes marriage should only be between man and a woman. When the California Supreme Court toppled the state's ban on same-sex marriage in May, Obama released a carefully touched up statement saying he respected the court's decision, believed that states should make their own decisions on marriage and “will continue to fight for civil unions as President.”

Obama’s decision to oppose the ban on same-sex marriage has brought him accolades from the group of people who stand against Prop. 8. It says that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”  

“It's great to see Senator Obama's statement, which is consistent with what he has said in the past about allowing each state to make its own decision,” said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality for All, which is heading the Prop. 8 opposition. “Is it ideal that he doesn't support same-sex marriage? No. But it's important when political leaders say gay and lesbian couples should be treated equally.”

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