A new PPIC poll has Proposition 8 losing at 44-52. 538 rates the proposition a toss-up. It's a good sign that support for the measure, on no survey so far, has been above 50%. Undecideds tend to vote no on referendums in the end because they have a bias to the status quo.
Meanwhile, the Yes campaign has decided to blackmail small business owners:
"Make a donation of a like amount to ProtectMarriage.com which will help us correct this error," reads the letter. "Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. ... The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published."
The letter was signed by four members of the group's executive committee: campaign chairman Ron Prentice; Edward Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference; Mark Jansson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Andrew Pugno, the lawyer for ProtectMarriage.com. A donation form was attached. The letter did not say where the names would be published.
I doubt it'll work, sending a fundraising letter to companies who've already donated to the opposite side. Those are the people least likely to donate to the Yes campaign.
Moreover, this just makes them look stupid. What are they going to do, join the AFA in a boycott of these companies afterward? It seems the only one getting famous off this shenanigan is the Yes campaign.
In Folsom, CA, a former Republican mayor, who happened to have been married to a woman with children while in office, came out and bought an ad in the local paper to say that he opposes Prop 8:
Fait, 65, said he felt so strongly about his opposition to Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that seeks to ban same-sex marriage, that he decided to out himself to the community where he has lived for more than 40 years.
"I think people will be surprised," said Fait.
The one-time president of the Rotary Club said he wanted to do something beyond donating and volunteering against the ballot measure.
"For weeks, I was trying to figure out what I can do and then I thought, well, I can do this."
Fait paid $660 for the quarter-page ad that ran Wednesday in the weekly Folsom Telegraph, which has a printing of 17,000.