Gay rights group to unveil timetable for anti-Prop. 8 ballot measure
Leaders of Equality California, one of the state’s largest gay rights groups, will host a conference call today to discuss their timeline for going back to the ballot to try to amend the California Constitution to permit same-sex marriage.
Many gay rights groups have been pushing to return the issue to voters as soon as 2010. Leaders at EQCA, which spearheaded the campaign against Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage, have said they want to make sure they can win.
They have said they worry about raising the millions of dollars necessary in the current tough economic climate and also that it will take longer than two years to convince enough voters.
Proposition 8 passed by 52% in November after the most expensive campaign in California history over a social issue.
If EQCA says it wants to wait, that is sure to spark controversy; some groups have said they will push forward with a plan to put the measure on the ballot anyway.
The conference call will be at 11 a.m.
-- Jessica Garrison
Photo: Comedian Kathy Griffin in May at a march sponsored by same-sex marriage supporters in in West Hollywood.
Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times