As I’m sure you’ve heard, the California State Supreme Court ruled today to uphold Proposition 8, but also that the same-sex marriages performed prior to the passage of Proposition 8 are valid. This was the expected ruling, but it’s still disappointing.
So the question on everyone’s mind is: what now? As I understand it, because of California’s Super Awesome ™ proposition system, Proposition 8 can only be undone with another proposition. Getting a proposition to overturn Prop 8 has been the plan since Prop 8 passed, but there’s been some debate about whether to get it on the ballot in 2010 or 2012. According to Equality California, 69% of their members voted to try to get the measure on the ballot in 2010, so because of that and a number of other reasons, they are officially recommending 2010. I, however, voted for 2012, and I know that puts me in the minority. I understand building on the momentum from victories in Iowa and other states, but I’m still not convinced that we can win in 2010.
First, like it or not, the California people did go out and vote to pass Prop 8. How many of them will change their minds in 1 year? What also worries me is the potential backlash from voters who voted in 2008 and are being forced to vote again on the same issue in 2010. I can imagine some voters feeling annoyed that this issue is on the ballot again, and voting to keep things as they are because of that. Finally, 2010 is not very far away, and it’s not long at all to organize a campaign that basically lost less than a year ago. While I want to have faith in California voters, and in the leaders of the marriage equality movement in California, I’m not sure if I can handle two losses in a row.
In case any of you are interested and haven’t seen them before, here are my pics from last November’s Prop 8 protest: