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November 20th, 2008
04:40 PM ET

Gay Marriage Ban: Should Calif. Courts stay out?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

On Election Day, California voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that overruled the state Supreme Court's decision this past May to legalize gay marriage.

Protests and petitions by gay rights groups and supporters followed in the days after.

Now the California Supreme Court has agreed to hear three legal challenges to the state's new ban.

All three cases claim Proposition 8 steps on the civil rights of a "vulnerable minority group."

While the court agreed to review the cases, it stopped short of suspending the ban.

An estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages were certified in California between the spring and Election Day and many of these couples have been left in legal limbo.

According to one gay rights group, the California Supreme Court has heard nine cases challenging ballot initiatives or legislative acts in the last century. The court eventually overturned three of the measures.

Here’s my question to you: Should the California Supreme Court stay out of the recently passed ban on gay marriage?

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November 20th, 2008
04:39 PM ET

How should Obama deal with Iran?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President-elect Barack Obama is inheriting a lot of problems from the Bush Administration including an economic crisis, two wars, and a whole list of international challenges, the most urgent of which is Iran.

According to a new International Atomic Energy Agency report, Iran is continuing to increase its stockpile of uranium and now has enough nuclear fuel to make a single atom bomb.

Watch: Cafferty: Obama deal with Iran?

Iran insists it only wants nuclear energy to fuel power plants, but the United Nations Security Council isn't so sure. It has passed three sanctions resolutions demanding Iran suspend its nuclear program. The Tehran government has ignored them all.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the United Nations in September, "As far as we are concerned, the nuclear issue is resolved."

The Bush Administration joined European-led negotiations late in the game and actually sent some representatives to Tehran to meet with the Iranians, but to no avail.

Two months from today, it will be Barack Obama's turn. He has indicated a willingness to negotiate with Tehran, but this IAEA report could complicate matters considerably.

Here’s my question to you: How should Barack Obama deal with Iran when he takes office?

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Iran
November 20th, 2008
04:35 PM ET

Just 34% have favorable view of GOP: Why?

Only 34 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party.

Only 34 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's no secret the Republican Party has an image problem. The last eight years of the Bush Administration have been enough to take the shine off just about anything.

But a new Gallup Poll shows just how bad things have gotten. Only 34 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party. At the same time, 61 percent have an unfavorable view. That's the highest number since Gallup started tracking this back in 1992. What's more: Only 78 percent of registered Republicans like what they see from the GOP. In other words, almost a quarter of Republicans aren't happy with their own party.

And no one seems quite sure what to do about it. About 37 percent of Americans want the Republican party to become more conservative, but another 37 percent think the party should be less conservative. About 20 percent say it should stay the same.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean that only 34% of Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party?

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