Attempt to Repeal Proposition 8 Fails

Gay Paradise Lost

The attempt to get the 700,000 voter signatures required to put the repeal of Proposition 8 on the California ballot in November has failed.  The signature campaign was spearheaded by Restore Equity California, a breakaway group that clashed with Equity California, one of the largest gay/lesbian civil rights organizations in the state, over the timing of the ballot initiative.  With this defeat, the focus will now be on the 2012 presidential election year when gay/lesbian strategists believe they will have more political momentum.

Despite the polls showing that a majority of Californians favor gay/lesbian marriage, I have my doubts about all that momentum the gay/lesbian community is counting on in 2012.  If they couldn’t get enough signatures to meet the ballot requirements, and in California of all places, what does that tell us?  Failure in states like California, New Jersey, and New York are hard to explain away.  And if the struggle over the marriage issue is so protracted in these states, what can be expected elsewhere?

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2 Responses to Attempt to Repeal Proposition 8 Fails

  1. Dena says:

    I’m surprised no riots, or hostile activities, have occured by the radical gay and lesbian community, since that is usually the case. Marriage is not an inherent right, as the Constitution calls a right, but a long-time established privilege between a man and a woman from the beginning of time. Therefore, gay marriage cannot be considered under the constitution. That which isn’t assigned to the Federal Government, goes to the States to decide. The State properly asked the people, who said ‘no’, therefore is not a case for the U.S. Supreme Court, as some have threatened before, because the Federal cannot encroach on the separate rights of the States; even though that is the case with the Healthcare bill, States are suing over that matter. But the people of Cali have spoken and that should be the end of it, legally.

    • I think the marriage campaign is the wrong strategy. It’s divisive and nasty and creates an us-vs-them mindset that will backfire. And I think signs of a backlash are already visible. The progressive gay/lesbian leadership are taking what is viewed by many if not most Americans as a sacred institution between a man and a woman and claiming it as their own. Even moderates are starting to rethink the whole gay marriage concept: civil partnerships, yes; gay marriage, not so sure.

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