Monday, March 9, 2009

The Prop 8 Battle Rages On

The battle on Proposition 8 is far from over in California. The California Supreme Court heard arguments last Thursday in a case that seeks to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

As of Friday, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the court appeared to be leaning towards upholding Proposition 8. As Chief Justice Ronald George said, "There have been initiatives that have taken away rights from minorities by majority vote ... Isn't that the system we have to live with?" 

Kenneth Starr (why, oh why, are you still around Kenneth Starr?), lawyer for Protect Marriage - the group that sponsored the ballot measure - was quick to put it all in perspective. He explained that the initiative, "does not erode any of the bundle of rights that this state has very generously provided." Right, right. Of course. Gays in California should stay at home and be grateful for all of their very "generously provided" rights. Forget Proposition 8 already.

Equality California, an organization that "works to achieve equality and secure legal protections for LGBT people," sees this issue a bit differently than Mr. Starr. It's quite refreshing to see the group stealing a few moves out of the Protect Marriage playbook in their latest advertising campaign:


While advertising will be a critical part of building the broad-based public support needed to finally turn the corner on same-sex marriage in California, the road ahead still seems long. I'll be keeping my eyes out to see what else nonprofit organizations and opponents of Proposition 8 turn out in the months and years ahead. 

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