McCain Marriage Politics

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gay hands.jpgBrody has learned that John McCain has decided to put his straight shoulder to the wheel for the California ballot initiative that would disallow same-sex marriage in that state. Yesterday he issued a statement to that effect, saying, “I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions.”
But soft, wasn’t it McCain’s failure to weigh in on the pending constitutional (as opposed to mere legislative) ban on gay marriage in Arizona that got James Dobson so annoyed? And yesterday as well, didn’t the Arizona state senate fail by one vote to pass that amendment? And isn’t it possible that by raising his voice, Arizona’s senior senator might get that amendment off life support for a successful re-vote before the legislature adjourns?
But also, didn’t the June 24 Cronkite-Eight poll show McCain leading Obama in Arizona by only 38 percent to 28 percent, with 34 percent undecided? In Arizona! And isn’t Arizona the only state in the nation where the citizenry actually voted down a gay marriage amendment to the constitution? In 2006? O Dear O Dear O Dear.