Roundup: California Ballot Measures, Swift Boats and Ab-only

Brady Swenson

Californians will vote on parental notification and gay marriage ballot measures in November, Swift Boat PR firm takes on mantle of abstinence-only education.

Parental Notification to Appear on Ballot in California An initiative that would require a 48-hour waiting period and parental
before a minor could get an abortion has qualified for the
California ballot. Similar proposals were rejected by voters in 2005 and 2006. Amie has more on this here.

…Gay Marriage on the Ballot, Too California voters will
have a chance to overturn the recent state Supreme Court decision to legalize
gay marriage
just five months from now, as the secretary of state certified
a measure to define marriage as "between a man and a woman" for the November

The new measure would insert the sentence, "Only marriage between a man and a
woman is valid or recognized in California," into the state constitution,
thereby overruling the court’s decision.

This comes as no surprise as the ballot measure was promised from the moment the decision came down from the California Supreme Court just a couple weeks ago.

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Swift Boat PR Firm Waves Ab-only Banner On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that the National Abstinence
Education Association is launching a $1 million “Parents for Truth”
campaign. The program seeks to gain the help of 1 million parents to back abstinence-only education by writing to schools and helping put sympathetic politicians in office. ThinkProgress takes a look at the team leading the $1 million effort, including the PR firm responsible for the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.



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