On a night in which America elected its first minority president, California narrowly approved a ban on same-sex marriage, dashing the hopes of homosexuals who hoped the state would open the door for same-sex nuptials across the country. The ban does not affect same-sex civil unions that grant all the privileges and rights of marriage. Following the May supreme court decision, anti-gay activists pushed hard to the amendment's passage, noting that California often sets national trends on cultural and political matters. The ban most likely invalidates the estimated 18, same-sex marriages performed since then. A number of other US states decided questions on a hot-button social and cultural issues last night.
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John Green, a senior fellow in religion and American politics at the Pew Forum, discussed how a small change overall in voting behavior among religious groups had a big impact at the ballot box. Green said that the Democrats and Barack Obama made their largest gains among minority religious groups but that Obama made only modest gains among white Christian groups. Although these shifts were enough to put Obama in the White House, they did not change the overall structure of the faith-based vote compared with Another ongoing theme was whether Obama could win votes among the more-conservative religious groups. Greenberg cited polling data showing that younger evangelicals were more likely to support Obama than older evangelicals and that the under set was more progressive on the issues of climate change and gay marriage.
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It's also central to convincing the press and public that the LGBT community loves Obama, and he has our vote sewn up. But the fact is, LGBT support isn't in the bag. This event is merely the latest chapter in a months-long PR juggernaut that has included the launch of an LGBT web page over at the White House , plus a zillion press releases, proclamations and articles intended to demonstrate the administration 's support for LGBT people — despite its track record.
Opinions about a pair of contentious social issues, gun control and gay marriage, have changed substantially since previous presidential campaigns. On gun control, Americans have become more conservative; on gay marriage, they have become more liberal. From through , majorities had said it was more important to control gun ownership than to protect gun rights.