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Extremely ineffective CA group thinks it can convince other state governors to stop marriage equality

by Jeremy Hooper

California Campaign For Children and Families is so fringe that even the Proposition 8 campaign of 2008, which was itself teeming with extremely anti-gay voices, publicly rebuked the organization. Yet for some reason this organization, headed by over-the-top activist Randy Thomasson, thinks it has the ability, right, and capital to stop same-sex marriages in states from coast to coast. Hysterically high hopes below:

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Of course this is ridiculous for a myriad of reasons (e.g. this organization can't win in its home state much less elsewhere; the judiciary has a crucial role in protecting minority rights from the tyranny of a majority; a governor who even tried this would commit political suicide; etc). But something else these anti-gay activists don't realize is that many of these Republican governors are actually thrilled that marriage equality has come to them the way that it has. Most of them are very much ready to move on from a fight they know they've already lost. When it comes from the courts, it's the best of both worlds for them. They get to move beyond this increasingly unhelpful fight, and they get to act like their hands are tied thanks to those pesky "activist judges."

These activists are increasingly out of both options and allies. But the good news for them is that they still retain the right to mind their own business. It's well past time they exercise that long unexplored option.

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