Same-sex “marriage” organizations Courage Campaign and Lambda Legal of California and New York respectively, have announced their intent to postpone efforts to repeal Proposition 8 due to lack of popular support.
Proposition 8, which passed in California during the November mid-term elections, amended the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. California voters approved the proposition in November by a margin of 52% to 48%.
Rick Jacobs, leader of the Courage Campaign said in an online press release Monday that the community “must come together” to “secure the resources to win” but that “right now, the pieces are not all in place to do so confidently.”
Similarly, Lambda Legal issued a statement this week saying that “more outreach, education, research and time” is necessary to repeal Prop. 8, and that placing the repeal as a ballot issue in 2010 would not likely be successful. “While we're within striking distance,” said Jennifer C. Pizer, Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal in an online statement Tuesday, “we believe we're not there yet.”
California Catholic Daily reports that according to a recent poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California, nearly 60 percent of California voters say they do not want to see an initiative seeking to overturn Proposition 8 on the 2010 ballot. The LA Times reported on Nov. 6 that “almost three in five Californians did not want to revisit the issue in 2010.”