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On the Issues: Social Issues
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The ruling puts in doubt thousands of same-sex marriages that have taken place in California. Californian voters have chosen to ban same-sex marriage, months after it was legalised by the state's top court. Twenty-seven US states already ban same-sex marriage. California's legal approval had seen thousands of gay couples wed there since May. State Attorney General Jerry Brown has said those marriages will remain valid. Legal challenges to the measure, known as Proposition 8, are likely.
LGBT rights at heart of Poland presidential-election fight
Both candidates are straining to keep these litmus-test issues, which divide left from right, in the background. But for some voters, they are the only issues that matter and automatically determine how they will vote. Senator Obama has tried to straddle the fence on many of these issues as he has sought to appeal to voters across the spectrum. Senator McCain now hews close to the conservative line on most social issues.
Recent days have seen the ruling Law and Justice PiS party and its presidential candidate Andrzej Duda turn gay rights into one of the main issues ahead of the June 28 presidential election. Dawid Mycek, who together with his husband Jakub they were married in Portugal runs social media channels on same-sex marriage in Poland, said that while such comments from the political class have happened before, he was astonished that they were used in the presidential campaign. Duda himself scrambled back from his comments when they earned him foreign condemnation, tweeting that he had been taken out of context, and even U. But the gambit of turning the election campaign into a debate about gay rights has actually worked for PiS. He added that even if Trzaskowski wins against Duda, nothing will change.