Supporting Documents

Editorial: Outsmarting Proposition 8

People shouldn't have to wait for their rights. They shouldn't have to campaign, raise money, create alliances or strategize to secure the basic recognition that others enjoy without effort. But history tells us that all of this is often necessary to overcome discrimination. — Los Angeles Times, August 17, 2009

Editorial: A welcome pause in gay marriage fight

Here's some good news: It now appears that Californians might be spared another bitter, divisive fight over the definition of marriage next year. One of the state's leading gay rights groups – Equality California – announced this week that it will not sponsor a ballot measure next year to try to repeal Proposition 8, the initiative voters passed last November banning same-sex marriage in California. — Sacramento Bee, August 14, 2009

Gay marriage proponents to delay anti-Prop. 8 ballot measure till 2012

Leaders of Equality California, one of the state’s largest gay rights groups, announced today it will wait until 2012 to push for an amendment to the California Constitution to permit same-sex marriage. — Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2009

Prop. 8 foes to decide whether to fight in 2010

This is a big week for same-sex marriage advocates, as a clearer picture will emerge about whether they're going to put the issue before voters again in November 2010 or wait until 2012. Or beyond. — SF Gate, August 10, 2009

Next Round In Gay Marriage Fight Shaping Up For 2012

SAN DIEGO -- The gay marriage issue appears headed once again to the California ballot, but not for awhile. Sources tell 10News 2012 may be the earliest the controversial issue will again go before the voters. It’s been less than a year since the fight over Proposition 8, but in San Diego and everywhere in California, the signs of the fierce battle over it remain. —San Diego News, August 10,2009

Este de Los Ángeles se Une para Revocar la Proposición 8

Cientos de padres, hijos, vecinos, y líderes comunitarios se reunieron para planificar la revocación de la Proposición 8 en el Centro de Servicios Comunitarios del Este de Los Ángeles el domingo, 2 de agosto.
Más de 275 personas atendieron el taller de capacitación “Camp Courage” (“Campo de Valor”), un entrenamiento intensivo de dos días para el desarrollo de líderes comunitarios y con el propósito de aumentar el apoyo para el derecho al matrimonio civil para las parejas del mismo sexo. — EGP, August 7, 2009

Overturning Proposition 8: In 2010 or 2012?

Proposition 8, last year's successful ballot initiative overturning the existing right of gays to marry in California, was largely financed by out-of-state money and represented a resounding defeat for the cause of same-sex marriage here. Precisely, however, when Prop 8 opponents finished licking their wounds and began gearing up to place their own counter-initiative on next year's ballot, fissures are appearing everywhere within the home team. — LA Weekly, July 30, 2009

Are There Any California Activists Who Know How to Play Well With Others?

Have California's activists finally decided on whether to push forward with a 2010 repeal of Prop 8? Or wait till 2012? Answering that question can be a fun game of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! Equality Network's co-founder David Comfort email blasted his network over the weekend following Saturday's not-so-civil leadership summit in San Bernardino, the second one since Fresno's post-Meet In The Middle rally.– Queerty, July 27, 2009

Backers of Gay Marriage Rethink California Push

LOS ANGELES — Discouraged by stubborn poll numbers and pessimistic political consultants, major financial backers of same-sex marriage are cautioning gay rights groups to delay a campaign to overturn California’s ban on such unions until at least 2012. – New York Times, July 26, 2009

Going back to the ballot: top political consultants give their perspectives

As I mentioned last week, ever since the Day of Decision and our announcement that we favored a 2010 return to the ballot, I’ve spent a great deal of my time listening and talking to many different people and organizations to get their insights and thinking about returning to the ballot. – California Ripple Effect, July 20 2009

Another prominent LGBT group wants to wait on gay marriage vote until 2012

Seems to be a bit of momentum gathering among California's same sex marriage supporters to wait until 2012 on going back to the ballot to overturn Proposition 8. The other day we told you that a trio of LGBT coalitions of color suggested holding off until 2012. Now, they've got some company. – San Francisco Chronicle, July 17, 2009

Caution urged in repeal of Calif gay marriage ban

One of the nation's largest gay rights groups is urging activists in California not to go back to the ballot next year to repeal the state's same-sex marriage ban. – San Francisco Chronicle, July 16,

A pause in the rush to repeal Prop 8

With just over a week until the next statewide leadership summit on marriage equality, three leading LGBT people of color organizations revealed on Monday their major concerns in a letter urging the greater community not to move forward with any repeal Proposition 8 ballot initiative in 2010. – Bay Area Reporter, July 16, 2009

Groups tussle over when to repeal Prop 8

A coalition of LGBT and allied groups is urging the community not to try to repeal Proposition 8 in November 2010, saying it's too soon. The move exposes what could be a rift in the movement to restore marriage equality in California. – Bay Area Reporter, July 16, 2009

Coalition of LGBT groups: Next year too soon for gay marriage vote in CA

The hottest debate among California gay marriage supporters revolves around a simple question: Do you try to overturn Proposition 8 in 2010 or 2012? This week it got hotter, as the community started to choose sides. A diverse union of LGBT coalitions of color -- including API Equality-LA, HONOR PAC, and the Jordan/ Rustin Coalition -- said let's wait until 2012 before shoving another ballot initiative in front of folks. Their motto: Prepare to Prevail. – San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2009

CA: LGBT coalitions of color - forego 2010 Prop 8 repeal initiative; need more time to secure votes

I'm actually relieved to see this perspective out there, because my initial reaction to the seemingly urgent call by LGBT groups out in Cali to try to undo Prop 8 by putting it back on the ballot in 2010 seemed rash, so soon after the millions of dollars and energy into the unsuccessful Prop 8 fight. More than $82 million was raised on both sides of the issue, the most expensive ballot initiative over a social issue in the Golden State's history. – Pams House Blend, July 14, 2009

2010 vs. 2012: The Brewing Debate In California Over When to Go Back to the Ballot Boils Over

Also, the Latino Equality Alliance, which was listed as an endorser on Love, Honor, Cherish's statement in support for 2010, but has organizations within its alliance that are listed on the opposing Prepare to Prevail statement (such as HONOR PAC), issued a statement.. – Unite the Fight, July 14, 2009

Going Back to the Ballot—Update from Marc Solomon

Yesterday, a number of organizations—led by people of color LGBT organizations—issued a statement entitled Prepare to Prevail: Why We Must Wait in Order to Win, which made the case that we are not ready to return to the ballot in November 2010, and recommitted to the work to move voters our way. The American Civil Liberties Union put out a statement making the case that benchmarks be established before a date for returning to the ballot is set. – California Ripple Effect, July 14 2009

Gay-rights coalition urges measured pace on same-sex marriage amendment

Despite insisting just a few months ago that they wanted to go back to the ballot in 2010 to try to amend the state constitution to allow same-sex marriage, many of the state's gay rights groups now say that is too soon.

They worry about raising the millions of dollars needed to run a campaign and suggest that the job of changing enough voters' minds on same-sex marriage might take longer than 12 months. – Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2009


At 7 p.m. on a clear, balmy night in West Hollywood, the gym bunnies, drag queens, high school and college students, power gays, lipstick lesbians, middle-aged activists, blue jean–wearing bears and assorted gay friendlies had gathered once again. – LA Weekly, June 4, 2009