Equality California Supports 2012 Ballot Initiative, Not 2010
The California LGBT lobbying group Equality California issued a report Wednesday concluding that 2012 — not 2010 — would be the best year to try to repeal Prop 8.
In a conference call coinciding with the release of their report, Equality California executive director Geoff Kors said 2012 was the best year to win back marriage rights in the state.
Kors: “After reviewing all the information, research and feedback from our coalition partners and community, and reflecting on our aggressive determination and dedication to win marriage back as soon as possible, we support committing our enegery, resources, and leadership, to helping the community win a ballot initiative to restore marriage at the Nov. 2012 election.”
The group’s Marriage Director Marc Solomon said he thinks a successful campaign will cost between $40 and $60 million dollars – money that will be difficult to raise for a 2010 ballot initiative in this dire economy.
Deputy Marriage Director Andrea Shorter said that going in 2012 also gives LGBT people of color time to reach out to their own communities.
Shorter: “They resoundingly said we need to do some heavy lifting and some real work to prepare for a win.”
Research also showed that 2012 would give the campaign a four percent advantage over 2010 – and would be more likely to turnout the important youth vote.
Meanwhile, organizers of the Courage Campaign announced Wednesday that they intend to push forward in 2010. Kors said that they would support a 2010 initiative if it qualified.