A straw poll of same sex marriage proponents gathered in San Bernardino over the weekend indicated the majority want to return to the ballot in 2010 to try to overturn Proposition 8.
Final count of the nonbinding measure: 93 people voted to go in 2010, 49 in 2012 and 20 undecided.
However, the movement still remains largely unorganized. It doesn’t have a leader or official decision making process.
And it definitely has dissenters.
Some critics would argue that this sort of loose structure resulted in the divisive herd of organizations that paddled upstream against Proposition 8 in the last election.
Leaders that participated in the poll will return to their organizations and then a final decision will be made in a couple of weeks.
However, if they’re going to go place it on the ballot in 2010, they’d better hurry. Ballot language is due to the Attorney General by Sept. 25. And needless to say, careful wording is everything.
Today’s New York Times features a story on how there is dissent in California’s marriage equality movement:
But the timing of another campaign has since been questioned by several of the movement’s big donors, including David Bohnett, a millionaire philanthropist and technology entrepreneur who gave more than $1 million to the unsuccessful campaign to defeat Proposition 8.
“In conversations with a number of my fellow major No on 8 donors,” Mr. Bohnett said in an e-mail message, “I find that they share my sentiment: namely, that we will step up to the plate — with resources and talent — when the time is right.”
“The only thing worse than losing in 2008,” he added, “would be to lose again in 2010.”