Supporting Documents

 

WHY IT’S NOT A QUESTION OF 2010 vs 2012, YET.

Santa Barbara County’s Strategic Alliance for Marriage Equality (S.A.M.E.)
urges it’s statewide and grassroots counterparts to focus not on whether
to go back to the ballot in 2010 or 2012 but on getting organized and
building trust within the LGBT and allied communities. –S.A.M.E. Statement

Coachella Valley Marriage Equality Coalition

The Coachella Valley Marriage Equality Coalition was formed to coordinate political action in the Coachella Valley to achieve marriage equality and civil rights for the LGBT community in California and across the country. Formed immediately after the tragic loss of Proposition 8, we have been watching statewide LGBT leadership respond to the election loss, argue the case to overturn the amendment with the Supreme Court, message our loss with the Court, and debate the wisdom of a ballot initiative in 2010. This week, we reviewed the outcomes of the Fresno Meet in the Middle Rally and the Leadership Summit that followed. -Coachella Statement

FROM DEBATE TO ACTION: A STATEMENT FROM FAIR

FAIR is committed to securing marriage equality in the State of California. Since our group's inception in November of 2008, we have worked diligently to lay the foundation for the next campaign, beginning with the November 15th rally at City Hall. We have focused our efforts on creating a sustainable funding source for the burgeoning grassroots movement that has emerged and building a strong new media presence to disseminate information to our peers. – FAIR Statement


Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Endorses an Initiative to Repeal Proposition 8 in 2012

After reviewing data from the polling coalition's statewide survey, and examining the potential challenges and pitfalls, the Board of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club has decided to endorse moving forward toward repeal of Proposition 8 in 2012. While we understand the strong arguments in favor of placing a measure on the 2010 ballot, we are virtually unanimous in feeling that the gains the LGBT community and our allies need to collectively achieve are more suited to a slightly longer timetable. –Alice B Toklas


Statement from Schools and Family Groups

We represent grassroots and advocacy organizations dedicated to promoting the wellbeing and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning (LGBTQ) youth, youth with LGBTQ parents, and LGBTQ parents in California. Over the last several decades, we have worked hard to create safer schools for LGBTQ youth and families, and California today is one of the most welcoming states for our youth and families, with some of the most protective laws in the nation. –Schools Statement


National Gay and Lesbian Task Force signs onto ‘Prepare to Prevail’ statement in California

WASHINGTON, July 16 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has signed onto the “Prepare to Prevail” statement in California, which was recently drafted and released by three California organizations: API Equality-LA, HONOR PAC and the Jordan Rustin Coalition. It is urging supporters of marriage equality to forego a rush to the 2010 ballot box to repeal Proposition 8; instead, it calls upon the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to start now in building the campaign infrastructure and robust public education efforts needed to win back marriage equality. –Task Force


Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Endorses an Initiative to Repeal Proposition 8 in 2012

After reviewing data from the polling coalition's statewide survey, and examining the potential challenges and pitfalls, the Board of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club has decided to endorse moving forward toward repeal of Proposition 8 in 2012. While we understand the strong arguments in favor of placing a measure on the 2010 ballot, we are virtually unanimous in feeling that the gains the LGBT community and our allies need to collectively achieve are more suited to a slightly longer timetable. –Alice B Toklas


ACLU

Dear Marriage Allies:
We are writing as partners in the fight for LGBT equality because we believe that too much of the conversation about getting rid of Proposition 8 is focusing on the wrong question. As you probably know, the ACLU has been involved in the fight on virtually every important civil rights initiative at least since Proposition 14 in 1964. We fought against the death penalty, “three strikes,” and the initiatives aimed at getting rid of affirmative action and data on race. Download Statement