04/12/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
The effort to repeal Prop 8 in California now turns to 2012. Gay rights activists pushing for a vote in 2010 have fallen short of the 695,000 signatures that they needed in order to get it on the ballot. The ballot measure would have resulted in the overturning of Prop 8, but many of the larger groups believed that it was impossible to get it repealed this year and so pushed their efforts to repeal in 2012.
Sean Bohac of Restore Equality 2010 blamed their failed efforts in large part due to the decision of the larger, more established gay rights groups to participate in the campaign to get the measure on the ballot. The group will now turn its efforts to 2012.
A lawsuit to overturn Prop 8 is currently pending in federal court. A decision in that case has been delayed in part because a back and forth regarding internal emails and documentation within the No on 8 campaign.
Many of the more established groups felt that there was not enough time to win public support for a Prop 8 repeal including the inability to raise enough money for an entrenched campaign. Currently, a majority of Californians support marriage equality, though it is unclear if a repeal would be successful this year.