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Tom Del Beccaro on Civil Rights

 

 


Keep Proposition 8; but open to debate on gay marriage

[Repeal of Proposition 8: Supporters of same-sex marriage rights in California launched a petition drive in 2011 to qualify a repeal measure for the state's 2012 ballot.] As the legal debate over Proposition 8 comes to a head in the nation's high court, Del Beccaro predicted that gay marriage will continue to be a `difficult issue for a lot of Republicans` for years to come.

Dozens of prominent Republicans recently signed a brief urging the US Supreme Court to declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

Del Beccaro, who supports Proposition 8, acknowledged that public opinion on gay marriage is shifting--with support in California inching over 60%--but said he expects GOP candidates to continue to hold different views on the issue. He said, however, he doesn't `think that issue alone defines the party by any stretch.` He concluded, `I think you're going to find that the Republican Party is going to have members on all sides of this issue; it's going to be debated for years to come.`

Source: Sacramento Bee on 2016 California Senate race , Mar 2, 2013

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