Traditional marriage to be on ballot in California
Good news from the Golden State:
The sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage in California said Monday they have gathered enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
A coalition of religious groups called Protect Marriage collected more than 1.1 million signatures in support of the amendment, said Brian Brown, executive director of the California office of the National Organization for Marriage.
The initiative needs 694,354 signatures, or 8 percent of the votes cast in the last governor's race, to make it onto the ballot.
"We have gone against tremendous odds to do this, and now the voters in California will have the chance to protect marriage," Brown said.
Supporters of the Limit on Marriage initiative plan to deliver their signed petitions to county registrars this week, ahead of the April 28 submission deadline set by the California Secretary of State's Office. The signatures must be verified before the amendment can be approved for the election.
Get so many more signatures than required is a great win for those folks...and the list presents a ready made list of potential volunteers and contributors for the campaign. Just as important, having this issue on the ballot in California this fall might actually help put California in play in a presidential race for the first time in a long time. Maybe. Or at least maybe enough to worry the Dems into spending more money and time there than they otherwise would.