Right now, I have no clue how the California Supreme Court will rule on the Prop H8 lawsuits. Maybe we’ll win, maybe we’ll lose. However, I’m really starting to think we have a better chance of winning at the ballot box than I did just days ago. Here, take a look at the new Field Poll published in today’s San Jose Mercury News.
If given another say on same-sex marriage, California’s electorate would be even more divided today than it was in November when a gay marriage ban passed with 52 percent of the vote, according to a poll released Tuesday.
The Field Poll of 761 registered voters found that 48 percent of those surveyed would support a new ballot initiative repealing Proposition 8, while 47 percent would favor keeping the ban in place. The remaining 5 percent were undecided. [...]
“We certainly don’t want to prejudge the judges,” said Marci Solomon, marriage director of the gay rights group Equality California. “If we don’t prevail, we’re committed to seeing the right of same-sex couples to marry restored. We are really evaluating, analyzing when that would be.”
As with last November’s vote, there are deep fault lines on the marriage issue that fall along lines of age, ideology, and religion. But clearly, we’re making progress. And if we continue this pace of progress in the next 18 months, we can actually see the voters overturn H8 next year if the court doesn’t… Or see the voters rebuff any retaliatory effort from pro-H8 forces if the court overturns the marriage ban.
So what can we do to get prepared? Why not see me this weekend!
OC Equality Team Launches!Â (Equality Team Kickoff Meeting)
If you’re in Orange County and want to get involved in Courage Campaign’s effort to secure equality for all, please join us on the 15th! Come on over and find out what we plan to do to reach out to our neighbors and cultivate here in OC the margin of victory for 2010 and beyond.
Time: Sunday, March 15 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Host: Andrew Davey Contact Phone: 949-813-2131 Location: Thornton Park (Santa Ana, CA)1800 W Segerstrom Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704
And no matter your plans for this weekend, please consider signing up with Courage Campaign’s Equality Hub & OC Equality Coalition’s new networking site to stay tuned on what’s happening. We will ultimately win our beautiful struggle for equal rights, and we will win sooner than the cynics think. Just get up, get vocal, and get active… And we’ll get there.