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Uncategorized / October 10, 2017

Gay rights moved to the forefront of the presidential campaign Tuesday after Democratic Sen. Barack Obama’s announcement that he opposes a November ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in California.In a letter to San Francisco’s Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club, the presumptive presidential nominee said he opposed “the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution” and similar efforts in other states.Obama’s position on Proposition 8 was announced at a club event Sunday. Last week, Arizona Sen. John McCain, the expected GOP standard-bearer in November, told officials of Protect Marriage, a coalition that gathered 1.1 million signatures for the California measure, that he backs their efforts “to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman.” For both campaigns, the decision to get involved in the same-sex marriage debate carries political risks.California is one of three states with same-sex marriage bans on the November ballot. While the state is seen as Obama country, and Arizona is McCain’s home state, Florida, the third state seeking to limit marriage to a man and a woman, is a swing state that will be a major prize in the November election.Obama is skating gingerly past…