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McCain v. Schwarzenegger on same-sex marriage

I got a news release this morning from the National Organization for Marriage, which says it helped gather more than a million signatures to put on this November’s ballot a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

mccain.jpgIn the release, NOM executive director Brian Brown claims that “(a)t a March 24th fundraiser at the La Jolla Marriott, I asked Sen. McCain whether he supported NOM-California and Protect Marriage’s current effort to get a constitutional amendment protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman on the ballot this November. Not only did McCain promise to support California’s marriage amendment, he also highlighted his role as honorary co-chair of a similar effort to pass a state marriage amendment in Arizona.”

As the release points out, McCain was quoted in an Associated Press article this month as saying he’s “proud to have led an effort in my home state to change our state constitution and to protect the sanctity of marriage as between a man and woman.”

schwarzenegger2.jpgSo perhaps we’ll be treated this fall to dueling ads, for and against such an amendment, from the Republican presidential nominee and California’s Republican governor, who has endorsed that candidate? After all, Arnold Schwarzenegger recently told the Log Cabin Republicans he would stand with them in opposing this kind of amendment. If McCain takes the time to push for it, will Schwarzenegger take the time to push against it? Or will neither really get involved in the race, reiterating their positions if asked but refusing to lend their time and effort to supporting or defeating the amendment?

Which of them, if either, will put his money where his mouth is?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.