Gay Rights Group Puts Marriage Fight on Hold

Equality California, possibly the biggest gay rights group in California, will wait until the 2012 election to attempt to overturn the state’s gay marriage ban. The organization’s director says “we think we have one shot” and that it will take time to marshal the necessary forces. Other groups have their sights set on 2010.

Equality California has been campaigning to overturn Proposition 8 since the measure passed last year, and the group has come to the conclusion that it needs more time. But waiting until 2010 to act with full force also means competing with a presidential election for attention and funding.

Update: For interested readers, Equality California explains its reasoning in greater detail here.

San Francisco Chronicle:

But [Equality California President Geoff Kors] cautioned that in the fight for same-sex marriage, “we think we have one shot” at what will be a considerable political challenge. Same-sex marriage supporters need to “make the most strategic decision we can…it will all take time. ”

“It’s not going to happen overnight … another loss would drain incredible resources,” Kors said. “To think that two years later we can come back and win … I don’t think we can risk that. I don’t think we have the resources to do it.”

Still, he acknowledged that a 2010 ballot measure could qualify as late as November and its supporters may have until April to collect enough signatures to get it on the ballot. If that happens, “we’d of course support that … and try to see victory. Our goal is equality.”

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