CA-26: Will David Dreier Come Out Against Prop 8?

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We all know Rep. David Dreier is a Bush rubber stamp who has voted with Bush 93.6% of the time. But what about that other 6.4%? We don't talk about it much because, well, there isn't that much to talk about.

But credit where credit is due, there is one important issue where Dreier has differed from Bush: The Federal Marriage Amendment.

The FMA, if passed (and ratified), would have limited marriage nationwide to between a man and a woman and it would have prevented courts from granting same sex couples certain rights that married couples enjoy. When it came up for a vote in 2004 and 2006, Dreier voted against it both times and the reasoning he gave for opposing it was simple.

According to Wikipedia:

He explained his opposition to the amendment by stating that he felt the Constitution was not the appropriate tool for restricting rights.

Well, now we have a similar initiative on the ballot in California in the form of Proposition 8, except this time, if Prop 8 passes, it wouldn't just amend the California constitution to restrict rights, it would amend the California constitution to eliminate the rights that people are exercising every day.

Yet David Dreier has been silent...and his silence is deafening.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has stated publicly that he opposes Prop 8. John McCain has said he supports it. David Dreier's constituents deserve to know where he stands.

That's why the Courage Campaign has launched a petition demanding that David Dreier come out against Proposition 8.

Dear Rep. David Dreier,

We, the undersigned, urge you to come out against Proposition 8, which would "eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry" the person they love in California.

You have voted the right way in the past, so we think it's time for you come out against Prop 8 today. Please join us in taking the following pledge:

I pledge to vote No on Prop 8, a statewide ballot initiative that, if passed, "eliminates the right of same sex couples to marry."

Gay and lesbian couples deserve the same fundamental freedoms that all Californians enjoy. I pledge to vote No on any constitutional change that stands in the way of equality for all.

Following the lead of Governor Schwarzenegger and other Republicans, we urge you to vote No on Prop 8. Thank you for your consideration of this fundamentally important issue to Californians.

People who publicly oppose gay marriage, whether Republican or Democrat, like to say "it should be left up to the states." Well, this year it is up to the state, our state. This year, all Californians get to decide if we are going to lead the nation on marriage equality or if we're going to eliminate that right for same sex couples, so many of whom have been happily exercising that right since June.

It's time for Congressman Dreier to lead and come out against Proposition 8.

Sign our petition urging him to do so today.

(disclosure: I am proud to work for the Courage Campaign)

Tags: CA-26, David Dreier, Proposition 8 (all tags)



Why wasn't Dreier Majority Leader?

It seemed that he was for a half an hour, and then he wasn't.

Well stomp my foot, I just don't know.

But since he is the head of the GOP delegation from California, I hope he comes out against Proposition 8.

I recommend you call Brad W. Smith -- Dreier's Chief of Staff -- at 202-225-2305 and suggest David believes in love.

by Bob Brigham 2008-10-08 11:02PM | 0 recs
Will David Dreier Come Out?

Or will the Courage Campaign have to assist him?

Enquiring minds want to know.

by Spiffarino 2008-10-08 11:10PM | 0 recs
So frustrating.

Just signed it.  I'm absolutely amazed at the speed in which Prop 8 gained traction.  It shouldn't be surprising though really, since they've been absolutely DOMINATING with their ad buys.  I've probably seen/heard the same ad ("it's gonna happen, like it or not!") for Prop 8 30-35 times, and I've seen 1 single No on 8 ad.  It might just be the area I live, but damn it's depressing.

by thatpurplestuff 2008-10-08 11:51PM | 0 recs
The Elephant In His Room


by mikeinsf 2008-10-09 12:01AM | 0 recs
Very subtle!

David Dreier is in the closet, opinion-wise, about this issue. His silence is extremely queer. Why is he being such as sissy?  He needs to sally forth and tell the world what he thinks.  He shouldn't just dance around the issue like he's one of the Village People!

After all, if you are not direct with what you are saying, you are a total hypocrite.  

by alvernon 2008-10-09 12:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Very subtle!

I live in David's district.  We know that he is in the closet.  Which is fine because it's his personal issue.  We know he's against 8, but the issue "hit's to close to home for him."

by nzubechukwu 2008-10-09 02:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Very subtle!

Since I know it too I don't agree that it's his own personal issue since he's been such a hypocrite in the past.

His lifestyle mean nothing to me. His constant hypocrisy does.

by BigDog 2008-10-09 09:00AM | 0 recs
How would you like?

4 judges ruling against an issue that the people in 2000 voted 61% for,

and then having to vote to overturn it in an intimidating political environment?

by yellowdem1129 2008-10-09 03:16AM | 0 recs
Re: How would you like?

4 judges ruling against an issue that the people in 2000 voted 61% for

I like living in a constitutional republic just fine.

and then having to vote to overturn it in an intimidating political environment?

Oh, yes ... the terrible intimidation of the secret ballot ...

by Collideascope 2008-10-09 03:51AM | 0 recs
Re: CA-26: Will David Dreier Come Out

Will David Dreier come out?  That is a good question.   Maybe he needs to be dragged kicking and screaming if he can't vote the right way on these issues.

by RichardFlatts 2008-10-09 04:23AM | 0 recs
i'm going to delurk

and suggest that everyone contribute to russ warner. PLEASE!

by Turkana 2008-10-09 05:26AM | 0 recs
They have different standards in right wing land..

You can cheat and steal, especially on your income tax, that's ok.

Cheat on your wife with hookers, as long as it's straight sex, hell, they sigh with relief.

Stand up for people that bomb abortion clinics, great, as long as you make sure you call Obama a Terrorist because he sat on a board with Bill Ayers.

But, ADMIT your gay, even though everyone knows you are, sorry, that is a mortal sin in the party of values....

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-09 08:11AM | 0 recs
And I'm proud to know you, blogularly speaking

Glad to hear you work for the C.C. Your activism makes a difference.

by Spiffarino 2008-10-10 10:46PM | 0 recs


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