The Brody File has learned that John McCain has sent a statement supporting a California constitutional amendment to the group Protect Marriage trying to get it passed this fall.
Here is what he said on June 25, 2008:
"I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions."
As you probably know, the California Supreme Court ruling last month paved the way for the potential of same-sex marriage in that state. McCain took some heat after the ruling because pro-family groups felt McCain's campaign didn't make clear that they supported a constitutional marriage amendment in California and the fact that the statement was from a campaign spokesman, not McCain himself.
Well, with McCain's statement today that has changed. Not only is he now on record FOR the constitutional marriage amendment in California, he also put HIS name on it.
Here's how this went down.
The Brody File has learned that the McCain camp wanted to be of help to the California traditional marriage group in their efforts to get the constitutional amendment passed. The group of supporters thought a McCain statement that made clear he was FOR the constitutional amendment would help.
The group will now use the statement when they get on an upcoming conference call with Evangelical pastors. They will also include it in an upcoming press release.
This is a good move by McCain. It's not a pander at all.
McCain may be AGAINST a federal marriage amendment but by issuing a declarative statement FOR a state constitutional amendment he stays consistent with his principles.
What the Evangelical community wants to see out of McCain is some passion for these hot button social issues. They want to see him fight for traditional marriage and against abortion. The "judges" line isn't enough. The soapbox is an extremely important tool at his disposal. The more he uses it, the more traction he'll get with Evangelicals. A statement like this to the California group is an important step in the right direction.