Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign (Los Angeles), has announced that polling indicates that overturning Proposition 8 via a ballot measure in 2010 looks bad. According to the Courage Campaign sponsored polling, providing equal rights to all Americans is not supported financially, with strong leadership or with an edge in public opinion.
While the leadership problem could easily be solved if the Courage Campaign would step up and lead, that doesn’t seem to be in the organization’s plan. Instead, they have given up on a 2010 ballot initiative preferring instead to waste the valuable human resources, passion and drive available to the organization after over a year of rallies, protests, marches and lobbying days.
But Courage Campaign isn’t alone in its criticism of the 2010 ballot initiative. Lambda Legal declared that, although it will do anything to gain equal marriage rights for LGBT couples, it won’t support this effort. Why? Because a loss could “polarize voters” and “hurt and anger supporters of same-sex marriage.”
Well, this supporter of same-sex marriage is more hurt and angered by organizations unwillingness to fight. The entire scenario smells like garbage to me. It wreaks of “If it turns out they may actually win, we’ll throw our name in the basket and ride the glory to our next fund drive.”
The coalition of various small organizations sponsored by Love, Honor, Cherish, known as Restore Equality 2010, is refusing to give up on their rights. They intend to press forward in spite of the lack of support from the large, well-funded organizations and continue to seek out volunteers using social media outlets to help them gather the 1,000,000 signatures needed to put an overturn of Proposition 8 on the ballot. Jo Hoenninger, chair of the interim Executive Committee for Restore Equality 2010, said:
This is a movement for equality. Harvey Milk didn’t wait for research. He hit the streets year after year. We honor his memory by gathering signatures now so our rights can be restored in 2010 not at some later time when it might be an easier struggle.
The end of the year is quickly approaching and with that will come the tax season. As you consider which organizations deserve your hard earned money, consider which organizations are fighting the hardest, loudest and most resiliently for your rights. Should your answer be Restore Equality 2010, here’s a link to make your contribution.