Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Prop. 8: No, It was the Catholics and Mormons

By Chris Thompson
Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 8:12 AM

With all due respect to Dan Walters and Bob Gammon, blacks didn't make the difference in the Prop. 8 vote. They may have voted 70-30 for the ban, but 64 percent of Catholics voted for it as well, and they comprise 30 percent of the electorate. In addition, Mormons provided at least 40 percent of the Yes on Prop. 8 funding. Sure, there's a lot of homophobia in the black community, and Obama produced an elevated African-American turnout. But when it comes to organizing and financing the Yes on 8 campaign, no one can compare to Roman Catholic archbishops and the Mormon church leaders.

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