The saga continues out in the Golden State as LGBT orgs agree to disagree over the tactics to take down Prop 8. Equality California tries to have it both ways in a sense — announcing that it will to put extra time and resources toward educating the public for a 2012 effort, but also declaring support for those trying to get a 2010 ballot initiative in place.

Marc Solomon, EQCA's marriage director, said that after evaluating several options and consulting with the top 100 donors from the 2008 campaign, the organization will continue a localized, three-year education campaign for the 2012 election.

The announcement came less than an hour after the Courage Campaign, another activist organization, announced that it will move forward on a 2010 ballot initiative. On Tuesday, Courage Campaign chair Rick Jacobs asked members to raise $42,000 within 60 hours to help decide the timing of the measure. As of Wednesday morning, the organization reported that it had received donations totaling $77,905 within just 24 hours, raising their total amount available for research, polling, and focus groups to $135,998.

EQCA says that the effort is notable and that it will support the other group's push for the 2010 ballot measure, but EQCA will continue to forge ahead on a 2012 ballot measure because, the group maintains, more California voters will support marriage equality by then.

EQCA released its roadmap, “Winning Marriage Equality Back in California: Analysis and Plan,” explaining its 2012 rationale. Unite the Fight interviewed Solomon about the juggling act.

“We promised the LGBT community that we would let them know what we think the wisest course of action is. It's our responsibility. That’s why we put something out today. But we’re not saying that it’s our way or the highway. We certainly can’t force anyone to adopt our position.”

…”There’s this feeling that when it’s convenient, that people will listen to what [the POC groups] have to say and when it’s not, they won’t. I think we all have to think about that. Think about what these communities went through after Prop 8 passed and the blaming of POC communities. I think it’s important that people listen to that perspective, that they're thinking 'Our communities got blamed for Prop 8.' And after, people said a lot of work will happen, and now the work hasn’t happened and we’re saying we’re going right back to the ballot. That’s an important perspective to keep into account.”

Marc rebuffed the claim that those who support 2012 are wanting to “wait.”

“We all want to win back marriage as quickly as humanly possible. The question is, 'Can we get it done by 2010 or not?'”

You can bet this will be discussed at Netroots Nation today on the panel “From Prop 8 to Full Equality in All 50 States: Fighting for Marriage Equality and LGBT Rights Across America.” That's at 9AM — I hope to arrive in Pittsburgh in time to serve on it since my flight was cancelled last night.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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