Democratic National Committee gave $25,000 to defeat Calif. marriage amendment
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP)--The Democratic National Committee has given $25,000 to help defeat a proposed constitutional marriage amendment in California, despite the fact that a significant percentage of Democrats in the state are expected to support it this fall.
The DNC's donation was made to Equality for All, a leading homosexual activist group in the state seeking to keep "gay marriage" legal.
If passed, the amendment, known as Proposition 8, would protect the natural definition of marriage, thus overturning the state supreme court's May decision legalizing "gay marriage."
The DNC's donation and others like them have helped opponents of Prop 8 raise more than $6 million, according to tabulations by the Los Angeles Times. The donation was first listed on the California Secretary of State's website in May about a week before the high court issued its decision.
The DNC's donation isn't a huge surprise, being that Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean supports "gay marriage." Additionally, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama opposes Proposition 8, calling it "divisive and discriminatory."
Earlier this year Obama wrote a letter to the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Democratic Club in which he declared, "I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law."
Exit polls in 2000 showed that about a third of Democrats in California voted for Proposition 22, a statute which banned "gay marriage." It was one of several laws overturned by the California high court's ruling. Proposition 8 would place nearly identical language as Proposition 22 in the constitution.
Proposition 8 reads, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California."
Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in June passed a resolution urging Southern Baptists in California to work and vote for passage of the amendment and for all Southern Baptists and other Christians to pray for its passage. The resolution passed nearly unanimously.
Michael Foust is an assistant editor of Baptist Press.