Gavin Newsom is an idiot! This is what comes from overconfidence. People, please: Do all you can to promote equality and justice. And when Newsom is up for re-election, let him know in the worst way — what he said was irresponsible and if the obnoxious and evil Prop 8 wins, lives will be destroyed. Because of HIM.
A TV ad showing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom saying California is going to have same-sex marriage “whether you like it or not” is being credited with flipping poll numbers to favor the Nov. 4 ballot proposition to amend the state constitution to undo the state Supreme Courts legalization of same-sex marriage.
“This doors wide open now. Its gonna happen. Whether you like it or not” Newsom says in a clip included in the ad paid for by forces supporting passage of Proposition 8.
The ad continues: “Four judges ignored 4 million voters and imposed same-sex marriage on California. Its no longer about tolerance. Acceptance of gay marriage is now mandatory.
“That changes a lot of things: People sued over personal beliefs. Churches could lose their tax exemption. Gay marriage taught in public schools.
“We don’t have to accept this. Whether you like it or not, Yes on 8.”
Gay activists admit the ad is effective, even though it contains “lies.” But equally important, they say, the pro-8 side has raised some $10 million more than the anti-8 side, allowing the forces that want to re-ban same-sex marriage greater access to the television airwaves.
One of the gay side’s current ads shows the parents of a lesbian pleading with voters not to “eliminate” marriage for anyone. Another shows two women looking at family photos, including a picture from one womans gay nieces wedding. The other woman expresses discomfort with same-sex marriage before agreeing with the first woman that she’s not “willing to eliminate rights and have our laws treat people differently.” On Oct. 9, the gay side launched a third ad, taking direct aim at the “lies” in the Newsom ad.
“Our worst nightmares are coming true,” Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors said in an urgent fundraising appeal Oct. 7.
by Rex Wockner for PrideSource Polls flip on California marriage, gays losing now