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Spineless Democrats

2004-02-20 17:51:55.1175+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Spineless California Democrats scramble to distance themselves from Newsom on gay marriage issue. The view that marriage is between one man and one woman is

... view shared by 50 percent of Californians, according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, which showed that 44 percent of Californians favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to be legally married, while half are opposed. The poll of 2,004 Californians was conducted Feb. 8-16, the period in which Newsom announced the city would issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and marriages began to be performed at City Hall.

The Bay Area stood alone as the only region in the state that favors same- sex marriage with 58 percent in favor and 37 percent opposed. The rest of the state's major regions oppose same-sex unions -- 58 percent to 37 percent in the Central Valley, 48 percent to 44 percent in Los Angeles and 59 percent to 35 percent in the rest of Southern California.

So it's a politically expedient stance to be against gay marriage, but this backpedaling erodes the support of those of us who will either be voting for a economic conservatives or a social liberals if we can't find candidates that are both.

[ related topics: Politics Sexual Culture Bay Area Sociology California Culture Marriage Gavin Newsom ]

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