California gay marriage opponents seek religious coalition
Mormons, Jews, Sikhs and Hindus are being asked to join forces to support an amendment to the state Constitution of California banning same-sex marriages.
An interfaith alliance hopes to place one million signs in front gardens across the state late next month in support of Proposition 8.
Mark Jansson, a Mormon who is a member of the Protect Marriage Coalition, told the LA Times that members of his group are also reaching out to Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus.
Proposition 8 is an initiative measure on the 2008 California General Election ballot in November.
It would amend the state Constitution to “eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry.”
In May the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriages in the state.
The Court voted 4 to 3 to strike the ban on gay marriage in California, making the state only the second in the US after Massachusetts to allow same-sex couples to marry legally under state law.
Proponents of the amendment, also known as Proposition 8, hope voters in the state of California will overrule the court’s decision.
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Opponents of gay marriage raised over one million signatures to place the ballot initiative on the November ballot.
“This is a rising up over a 5,000-year-old institution that is being hammered right now,” Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Church, an evangelical congregation, told the LA Times.
“What binds us together is one common obsession: . . . marriage,” Garlow said.
However, a poll released today found that 54% of people likely to vote will oppose Proposition 8, while just 40% support it.
A similar poll last month found 51% of likely voters oppose the ban on gay marriage.
California Faith for Equality has produced a video of religious leaders arguing in favour of gay marriage, demonstrating that there are many people of faith who do not support Proposition 8.