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Yes on 8 campaign launches first TV ad

The campaign for Proposition 8, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, launched its first television ad today:

Said Yes on 8 co-campaign manager Frank Schubert: “For weeks, the No on 8 campaign has had the field to themselves, with thinly veiled ‘issue advocacy’ ads and an outrageously biased rewriting of the ballot Title & Summary by the Attorney General. Despite this, internal polling for both campaigns shows the race is very much up for grabs. Now, with the launch of our first television ad, voters finally get to hear the rest of the story. The debate will begin to shift to the very real consequences to California because of the Supreme Court’s action.”

A Field Poll of 830 likely voters conducted Sept. 5-14 found voter opposition to the measure had increased since July, with 55 percent intending to vote no and 38 percent intending to vote yes; the poll had a 3.5-percentage-point margin of error. And a Public Policy Institute of California poll of 1,157 likely voters conducted Sept. 9-16 found similar numbers — 55 percent yes, 41 percent no 55 percent no, 41 percent yes — with a 3-percentage-point margin of error.

The No on 8 campaign launched its first ad a week ago.

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.

  • Jarvis

    I totally SUPPORT proposition 8. The whole idea that forced the citizens of California to except “gay” marriage without their vote or consent and stole the vote from 65% of this state was plain wrong. Thats what I call disinfranchising the voters. Twisting the rule of “equal protection under the law” along with extreme liberal SF lawyers and hysterical lesbians, they managed to squeek this by the judges. Now they want to say that it is law and you are stealing their rights. AS A GAY MAN, I had EVERY right that straight people had and this state was very generous with the civil partnership law which bestowed ALL the rights of marriage without ruining this long established rule of man and wife. Don’t let the extremists call you names and disuede you from doing what is right and that is supporting prop 8.

    My friends feel the same way; the media isn’t interested in interviewing us and our views because it doesn’t fit their PC stereotype of gays.

  • Nice try, Jarvis.

    Wow, the judges have forced every citizen of California to go out and get a gay marriage?

  • Josh, I think you need to swap the numbers on that PPIC poll….

  • Josh Richman

    EEK! Yes, sorry, thanks.