Leaders of the National Organization for Marriage, one of the main groups that backed Proposition 8 in California to ban same-sex marriage, promised Tuesday to make such marriages an issue in seven swing states critical to the outcome of this year's presidential election.
Gay and lesbian marriages have been prohibited in 38 states by ballot initiative or by legislatures, including North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Nevada and Colorado. In Iowa, same-sex marriage is legal as a result of a state Supreme Court ruling. Those seven states are considered swing states in the November election.
National Organization for Marriage Political Director Frank Schubert accused President Obama of "orchestrating the demise" of traditional marriage.