Tonight during her debate against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Republican gubernatorial candidate Carly Fiorina cited President Obama’s opposition to same-sex marriage to substantiate her belief that “marriage is between a man and a woman” and moderate her support for Proposition 8:
FIORINA: I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but also have been consistant and clear that I support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. The Defense of Marriage Act had broad bipartisan support. And actually, the position I’ve consistently aspoused is consistant with that of our President and a vast majority of senators in the U.S. Senate…The voters were quite clear about their views on this [Proposition 8] and this is now going through a legal process. Whatever your view about gay marriage, I think many of us would conclude that when voters have such a clear decision, for that decision to be overturned by a single judge seems perhaps not appropriate.
Indeed, in light of the growing support for same-sex marriage from prominent conservatives and Republicans, some Democrats and LGBT activists have expressed concerned that Obama’s continued opposition to marriage will become a serious hinderance. As one prominent Democratic consultant told Sam Stein, “I think they have been put in a tough place by these conservatives and they should be,” the consultant said. “There are a whole group of people who are to the left of them on gay rights. And they are Republicans. It should make them feel uncomfortable.”