.- Backers of Californiaâs Proposition 8 have said that same-sex âmarriageâ proponents are in âongoing conflictâ about their plans to try to repeal the state ballot measure which restored the definition of marriage. One homosexual advocacy group has admitted that votersâ support for redefining marriage is now âstagnant.â
On Wednesday a group called Courage Campaign announced they will still pursue a constitutional amendment to instate same-sex âmarriageâ in 2010, while the group Equality California has said it will pursue such a measure in 2012.
Courage Campaign Chairman Rick Jacobs told the Los Angeles Times that much of its growth took place after the passage of Proposition 8.
âOur members have been adamant,â he said.
Meanwhile, Equality Californiaâs political analysis found that most of the groupâs top 100 donors to its campaign against Proposition 8 would be reluctant or unwilling to participate in a 2010 campaign. They estimate a successful campaign would need between $30 million and $50 million in funding.
The groupâs analysis, published on its web site, noted the âsobering pointsâ that support for same-sex âmarriageâ is stagnant in the state and that there was no âbuyersâ remorseâ about the outcome of the election.
âSo many of us had hoped beyond hope that or rallies, demonstrations and expressions of sadness and anger would have caused voters who voted yes to change their position. That is not the case,â Equality California said.
The group recommended more local organization and sharing the stories of âmarriedâ same-sex couples and their friends and family members. It advocated knocking on 40,000 doors in neighborhoods where Proposition 8 was successful and also recruiting 100,000 âEquality Advocatesâ to speak with more than 300,000 Californians.
Equality Californiaâs analysis said the group has met with LGBT leaders in âcommunities of colorâ to determine how to appeal to minority voters, who often strongly supported Proposition 8. The group also met with allied clergy, political consultants and LGBT organizations that âwork with youth and in schools.â
The analysis also noted that the majority of younger voters opposed Proposition 8. Equality California also predicted that supporters of the traditional definition of marriage will die off and that younger voters will not change their opinion on same-sex "marriage."
Ron Prentice, Executive Director of Proposition 8 backer ProtectMarriage.com, said the differences between the Courage Campaign and Equality California shows that the latter group does not speak for a unified movement. He characterized its decision to postpone its proposal until 2012 as a âcrass political decision.â He reported that the Courage Campaignâs move has forced Equality California to pledge support for the 2010 measure if it qualifies for the ballot.
Even in a 2012 vote, Prentice predicted, âthey will lose then just as surely as they would in 2010 or any other year. The people have spoken twice on this issue, both times reaffirming traditional marriage. If asked to do so, they will indeed vote again to protect traditional marriage.â
âThe pro-gay marriage advocates had all the advantages they could ever hope for in 2008, including a misleading ballot title and summary, the sympathetic (and ultimately proven to be false) claim that a vote for Prop. 8 would be a vote to âdivorce 18,000 couples,â the benefit of asking for a ânoâ vote, and a very favorable electorate driven by the historic election of Barack Obama as President. They will never have these advantages again,â he said.
He predicted they will fail because âthe people are not with them,â saying most public polling shows that support for same-sex âmarriageâ has peaked and retracted significantly from its highest point.
Prentice said that ProtectMarriage.com is working âaggressivelyâ to educate the public about the âvery vital roleâ that marriage plays in society.
âWhile the other side issues many press releases about their activity, we are quietly but effectively building on our majority in California,â he said.