I’ve been reading a lot of comments on this blog, and posts on others, that are critical of Senator Obama for not opposing Prop 8. For the record, those criticisms are baseless.
Barack Obama Opposed Proposition 8.
Earlier this year Barack Obama sent a letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club on the occasion of their Pride Breakfast. From his letter:
As the Democratic nominee for President, 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. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, and the passage of laws to protect LGBT Americans from hate crimes and employment discrimination. And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states.
For too long. issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It’s time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect. This is no less than a core issue about who we are as Democrats and as Americans.
I think this makes his position clear. The African-American community was mislead by the Yes on 8 liars. Their message, which included mailers quoting Senator Obama out of context as opposing same-gender marriage, was never countered by the No on 8 campaign. Simply put, the bone-heads running the No on 8 campaign assumed that they had democrats and specifically African-American voters in the bag. Any rational review of existing community profiles and voting trends would have told them that was not the case. They either never looked, or refused to see.
But the failure of the No on 8 campaign to succeed extended further in that they made no credible effort to turn out their identified voters to the polls. The percentage turnout in Alameda, and San Francisco demonstrate that failure all too clearly.