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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Frank Schubert
Sponsors of a ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Oregon asked a federal judge Tuesday to make a speedy ruling in a case that challenges the state's ban on same-sex weddings. At the same time, top Oregon employers such as Nike and Intel threw their support behind ending the restrictions.
"By doing this, the Democratic Party is basically telling voters in places like North Carolina and Florida that they're a bunch of bigots," said Sacramento consultant Frank Schubert, the strategist behind California's Proposition 8 and similar campaigns to bar gay unions in four states where marriage is on the ballot in November.
"A couple of pitched battles remain — especially in Illinois," he said, but "we are working hard with African-American pastors to preserve marriage" as well as working with allies to respond to all court battles and campaigns.