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Odds slim in effort to put gay marriage back on CA ballot in 2010

Gay MarriageThe effort to put gay marriage back on the California ballot in 2010 suffered a setback Monday, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Rick Jacbos, the leader of the 700,000-member Courage Campaign said that after spending more than $200,000 on “qualitative research” into the issue in California that “We do not see a path to victory.”

The Courage Campaign sent a note to its supporters Monday calling for “for more research and time to change hearts and minds before returning to the ballot.”

Lambda Legal, a LGBT legal organization, said largely the same thing Monday.

Jacobs said the research — led by Obama confidante Steve Hildebrand — found that “The biggest hangup people have is that right wing has done a very good job of telling people that somehow children will be affected” should same sex marriage become legal.

It worked in both Maine and California, even though top public officials in both places said it would not.

The announcement by Jacobs means that a coalition of small gay rights groups that is gathering signatures to qualify a gay marriage measure for the November ballot will be working without support from established organizations.

full story at the San Francisco Chronicle.

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