The supporters of Prop 8, California's constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, are worried. California Atty. General Jerry Brown recently changed the measure's ballot title and summary from "to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California" to the more accurate "eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry." This change (and the addition of a fiscal impact statement) reflects the California Supreme Court's decision to grant full marriage equality and the reality that it would strip away the rights of gay couples.
And the supporters of Prop 8 are pissed.
According to the LA Times:
Jennifer Kerns, spokeswoman for the Protect Marriage coalition, called the new language "inherently argumentative" and said it could "prejudice voters against the initiative."
I guess telling the voters exactly what they are voting for isn't on the fundie agenda...
Steve Smith, campaign manager for No on Proposition 8, supports the language clarification:
What Proposition 8 would do is eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry, which is exactly what the attorney general put in the title of the measure. It will be very difficult for them to win the case.
Many analysts agree. The language change from maintain the status quo to stripping away existing rights could add as many as 10 points to the "No" vote.
If the fundies really want the people to decide, why would they oppose the voter's having more information? There is nothing false about the new language- in fact, it is much clearer and provides more information.
And that's the problem for them.
They know that tides against bigotry and homophobia are shifting. They realize that they are slowly losing in the fight for equality and can only maintain their hold using deception and vagueness.
Thank goodness people are starting to call them out on it.