Americans Back Man-Woman Marriage, Believe Life Commences at Conception

DENVER – Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama is solidly out of step with the majority of likely voters who define marriage as only one man and one woman and believe that life begins at conception, according to a new WND/Zogby poll.

Obama has lobbied intensely for “equal rights” for all Americans, including same-sex couples, to be married and has promised virtually unlimited abortion on demand as one of his first priorities in the Oval Office.

Those positions have sent a conflicting message to the Christians and evangelicals he’s tried to lure into his camp with outreaches that have included the independent “Matthew 25 Network” project. A Pew Research poll just a week ago revealed “no significant gains” for Obama among the important category of white evangelical voters.

The newest WND/Zogby poll results assessing the 2008 election showed 58.3 percent would support “a ballot measure in your state” limiting marriage to one man and one woman. Another 36.2 percent would oppose the plan.

The survey questioned 1,099 likely voters from Aug. 22-24 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

Currently Massachusetts and California both allow same-sex “marriage” for both residents and non-residents, meaning duos can travel to those states, get “married,” then return to their homes with their marriage license. California’s plan, however, is facing a vote of the people in November, since more than 1.1 million voters signed petitions demanding it be put on the ballot.

The new poll also found 59 percent believe human life begins at conception, 16.8 percent think it begins when the baby can survive outside the womb with medical assistance, and 17.2 said life begins at birth.

In contrast, Obama, as an Illinois state senator, opposed a measure to protect babies who survive abortion procedures, because, among other reasons, it would be too burdensome on abortionists.

Joshua DuBois, who has worked on Obama’s “faith outreach,” says the campaign is dedicated to reaching “people of faith broadly and trying to bridge religious divides.” His goal has been to pry loose the GOP’s hold on white churchgoers.

While the campaign has been “”reaching out” to those voters, Obama’s open disagreement with evangelical leaders on homosexual marriage and abortion apparently hasn’t softened.

A recent report card from the Campaign for Children and Families described Obama’s “unrepudiated positions” of support for homosexual “marriage,” teaching homosexuality to school children and adoption by homosexuals.

Obama in June told a homosexual activist group he opposes the “divisive and discriminatory efforts” to install in the California constitution a definition of marriage limiting it to one man and one woman, the report card says.

His wife, Michelle, told the Democratic National Commmittee’s “Gay” and Lesbian Leadership Council, “Barack has made crystal clear his commitment to ensuring full equality for LGBT couples … that’s why he opposes all divisive and discriminatory constitutuional amendments, whether it’s a proposed amendment to the California and Florida constitutions or the U.S. Constitution.”

But the WND/Zogby poll showed support for one-man-one-woman marriage among all regions of the country, all education levels and all age and economic groups. Essentially the support for same-sex “marriages” was confined to people who never attend church and subscribe to a more progressive or liberal mindset.

Likewise with abortion, respondents said they would oppose 55.3-to-27.7 percent a president who does not know when life begins. The question referenced Obama’s recent response at a campaign appearance with GOP candidate Sen. John McCain at pastor Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. Obama told Warren determining when life begins was “above my pay grade.”

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