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Efforts to put Proposition 8 initiative on 2012 ballot have ceased

By Ken Williams
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES — The efforts to collect signatures to qualify an initiative to repeal California’s Proposition 8 law, which bans same-sex marriage, have ceased.

Eric Harrison, interim executive director of Love Honor Cherish, which was leading the efforts, said via email today that the signature-gathering would cease.

“Following last week’s victory in the 9th Circuit, we are now hopeful that weddings of gay and lesbian couples will resume by the end of this year, or even, at the end of this month,” Harrison wrote. “And what an incredible day that will be when gays and lesbians are able to marry again in California!”

Harrison said the “backup plan” was no longer feasible, and explained that the efforts would require raising more than $1.5 million to hire a paid signature-gathering firm.

“In view of the 9th Circuit victory and the narrowness of the ruling, making Supreme Court review less likely, raising the additional funds needed is now not realistic. And, as we have stated, we had no illusions that the initiative could qualify based solely on our statewide volunteer signature gathering effort,” Harrison wrote.

He thanked volunteers who had already began collecting signatures and talking to Californians about the need to legalize marriage equality.

“Our work however continues,” Harrison wrote. “Gay and lesbian couples still cannot marry and do not have full equality, either in California or on a federal level. We will relentlessly continue to expose the lies of our opponents, mobilize marriage equality supporters and tell stories of LGBT families in a meaningful and impactful way.”

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14 more reader comments:

  1. so freakin typical.. calI is one of the mpst liberal most opened mineded places in the the world, and this bullshit is still goin on..its valentines day 2012, L.O.V.E?? i dont understand what ppl have a problem with.. ive honestly never heard a decent point of view orvalid reason for not allowing gay marriage everywhere.. this is america.. we have barack Obama and we r not gonnna give UP. not as long as im a around.., Till The Day i die!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:15am
  2. California? Liberal? It’s all hype, I’m afraid. Prop 8 exposed Californians as a bunch of Armani-clad crackers.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:35am
  3. Pretty much everyone in Congress is homophobic. Plus they’d want to avoid lawsuits and slurs against religious whack jobs (coughMAGGIEcoughSANTORUMcough) because apparently nobody wants to deal with offending someone. Fuck all of you religious nuts. I don’t care if you worship Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Shiva, Anubis, Hitler, it doesn’t matter. If you’re offended by same-sex marriage, NEWSFLASH, it’s the 21st century. Get the fuck over it.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:38am
  4. As a proud Californian, I would not describe myself as such, Paul Broussard.

    I thought they had legalized gay marriage last week. What happened?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:40am
  5. no they didnt. what that meant was that the prop 8 case was going to the supreme court. not that it was legal. making something a law is a long process.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:43am
  6. I could have sworn CA already re-legalized after declaring Prop.H8 unconstitutional. Homophobes shouldn’t waste their time and money on stupid laws based on religious beliefs.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:52am
  7. Im GAY But i dont think this is the most Important thing right now. Maybe we should worry about getting our Economy Fixed and Getting Americans Jobs. And Get rid of our Idiot Dictator Obama. Gay Rights is a Side issue

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:06am
  8. But i do Support Gay Rights :D

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:06am
  9. Trevor. Youre a hypocrite and a jerk. You are a disgrace to our community. Obama is our ALLY!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:32am
  10. Trevor… I am ashamed for you. Good luck getting equality under Santorum or Romney.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:49am
  11. Or with your buddy Ron Paul…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:52am
  12. Lololol. Troll him, Jimmy. <3

    But aside from that….. WTFF?! It is a total waste of funds that could be used to create jobs instead of fighting over bullshit. :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:54am
  13. Have it Santorum or Romney’s way the gay community will end up being exiled off the country.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:54am
  14. Lol. My stepdad likes to believe that we’ll all die out of we’re exiled………. :x

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:56am