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Thursday’s ruling by the California Supreme Court overturning a ban on gay marriage previously passed by a vote of the California electorate has fueled a political firestorm.
Just hours after the California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, Mathew D. Staver was already raising money to overturn the decision.
Mr. Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a Florida group that defends traditional marriage, flew to Dallas on Thursday night for a late dinner meeting with a fund-raiser. The topic was how to finance a campaign for the California Marriage Protection Act, a November ballot initiative that would amend the state Constitution and effectively undo the courtâ€™s decision.
â€œI flew to Dallas to discuss this specific issue,â€ said Mr. Staver, who had several trips on similar business planned in the coming week. â€œAnd we talked until the early morning hours.â€
Such late-night strategy sessions will probably become common as those on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue start what they anticipate to be a protracted and expensive battle.
The Evangelical Right from across the United States will help fund the campaign and the Christian churches will turn out their members to vote in record numbers.
Look for Hispanic voters to turn out to vote for the California Initiative and Consitutional Amendment 07-0098 as the Catholic Church weighs into the political fray. At the same time, they will cast their Presidential ballots for John McCain or against African-American Barack Obama.
An expensive social issue campaign will excite the electorate and drive the turn-out of massive numbers of the RIGHT voters.
The moribund California GOP must be licking their chops at the prospects.
California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban – The Response
California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban
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News item: McCain to deliver major environmental speech Monday
John McCain will give a major speech Monday in Portland laying out his views on the environment and offering a contrast to President Bush on green issues. Speaking at Vestas Energy, the top maker of wind energy turbines, McCain will discuss climate change, the need to reduce dependency on carbon-based fuels and make plain that he wants to restore America as an environmental leader in the world, an aide said.
The speech is to lay the groundwork for an even more significant address in early June where McCain will detail his energy proposals.
McCain is not reassuring conservatives to work for him during the general election especially on environmental issues. For example, he opposes the drilling at ANWR.
If there is little difference or contrast between McCain and Obama on substantive issues, the door will be open for an Obama win as conservatives yawn and stay home.
A disaster for the GOP especially on down ticket Congressional races.
Flap suggests McCain chat with Newt Gingrich.
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The weekend polls which Flap thought would show movement in poll numbers for Hillary Clinton or against Barack Obama because of the Jeremiah Wright Flap have turned up early.
Look at the latest Gallup poll:
First, Obama vs. Hillary
Then, Obama vs. McCain
Flap thinks Obama is in deep trouble. He will likely lose Indiana next Tuesday and should Hillary pull an upset in African American vote rich North Carolina it could begin the death watch.
The national Rasmussen poll also shows a decline for Obama.
The two latest Indiana Democrat primary polls show Hillary Clinton in command. They are here and here.