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Republicans Launch 'No on Prop 8' Campaign

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The Log Cabin Republicans rolled out a new website last Friday called Republicans Against 8 (it should be noted that it's still in its early stages of development). Proposition 8, which will appear on this November's ballot, seeks to eliminate same sex marriages in California, which have been legal since June. A statement from the group said their "message to California Republican voters is simple: 'Opposing Proposition 8 is the conservative thing to do.'"

But how is this the conservative thing to do? "Marriage is a personal decision. It's not up to the long arm of the government of when, where and whom you should get married to," explained Scott Schmidt of Republicans Against 8 campaign in a phone interview with LAist (you may recognize his name from the blog, Boi From Troy). The fundamental Republican beliefs, he explained, are personal responsibility, limited government and individual liberty.

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At the Log Cabin Republican's convention in April, Governor Schwarzegger announced that he would fight Prop 8 all the way to Election Day. To put our Republican California Governor's move in perspective, in 1978, then former Republican Governor Ronald Reagan, opposed Prop 6, or the Briggs Initiative, which would have banned gay and lesbians from teaching in public schools. It ended up failing, quite possibly due to Reagan's last minute support of the opposition.