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?