Not All Want a 2012 Anti-Prop 8 Measure, Others Want 2010
Although Equality California announced putting support a ballot measure to strike down Prop 8, another group, The Courage Campaign, said today they are shooting for 2010 and just raised $135,000 in the last two days--an amazing amount for August fundraising in an off-year during this economy--for research. Chatter among some within the anti-Prop 8 movement has the house divided.
“We are not going to let the calendar dictate people’s rights,” said the the Courage Campaign's founder, Rick Jacobs, to the New York Times today. “As of now, we are moving forward for 2010.”
Despite EQCA's 2012 proposed date, if Courage gets a spot on the 2010 ballot, they will support it. “This is our recommendation for the best way to do it,” said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, in the OC Register about the 2012 date. “(But) we’re committed to working with everyone. If they can raise the money and get it on the ballot, obviously we’ll support it. … If something qualifies for the ballot, large donors will want to see a strategy and a path to victory and if that’s there, they’ll support it.”
Leading Prop 8 Proponent Ron Prentice of Protect Marriage feels either of the two date decisions are losing endeavors. “Notwithstanding the decision by EQCA to shift focus to a 2012 election, which they readily admit is a crass political decision, they will lose then just as surely as they would in 2010 or any other year. The people have spoken twice on this issue, both times reaffirming traditional marriage. If asked to do so, they will indeed vote again to protect traditional marriage.”