Love Honor Cherish: Prop 8 repeal dead for 2012
The Los Angeles-based group committed to repealing Prop 8 in California announced Monday that they are suspending their efforts to put an initiative on the 2012 ballot.
Love Honor Cherish Interim Executive Director Eric Harrison sent an email to supporters Monday that opened with the simple questions: “What’s next? Where do we go from here?”
Harrison believes that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last week declaring Prop 8 unconstitutional means that same sex couples might be able to resume marrying by the end of the year or even the end of February.
Therefore, Harrison wrote that what he called the group’s “backup plan” to put Prop 8 repeal on the ballot “is no longer feasible.”
Love Honor Cherish faced a daunting task. It needed to collect more than 807,000 valid signatures by mid-April and needed $1.5 million to hire a paid signature-gathering firm. Harrison told OutQ News that they had six-figure commitments from donors – but the donations were contingent on raising enough to hire that outside firm.
Harrison said the money raised so far will go to pay expenses associated with trying to qualify an initiative. He also said Love Honor Cherish will maintain its email list to support its mission.
Harrison told OutQ News that the group’s mission “includes advocacy and education about the freedom to marry, which is not limited to the legal right to marry in California.”
–Karen Ocamb in West Hollywood
Karen Ocamb has the full text of Eric Harrison’s message to LHC supporters and more details on her news blog, LGBTPOV.