Storm: Constitutional banA "hot-button topic." I assume that means it's an issue that a lot of voters have interest in.
During past elections, Republican legislators in several states drafted constitutional amendments banning gay marriage - knowing that this emotion-charged issue would mobilize throngs of white evangelical voters, who tend to support GOP candidates. It was a clever ploy: using prejudice against gays to reap Republican votes.
Now a variation of the pattern seems to be repeating in California.
We support America's growing tolerance, and think that "straights" shouldn't try to tell gays how they must live. It's a shame that this hot-button topic has been thrust among all the political issues to be decided in the general election. (link)
How dare we! Why not a global warming initiative and a solar energy initiative and a transgender protection initiative and a Save-the-Whales initiative and an executive pay initiative and a pay equity initiative and stuff that interests only a handful of elitists around the country?