The San Francisco Chronicle reports on their Politics Blog that Another prominent LGBT group wants to wait on gay marriage vote until 2012.
The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club — the nation’s oldest LGBT Demo club — thinks 2012 would be better, too. After hearing a presentation from San Francisco pollster Amy Simon this week, the club’s board decided — after much debate — that there might not be enough time to right the wrongs of the last campaign.
“We believe that our ability to do the groundwork critical to success, and not our outrage over the passage of Prop. 8, should drive the decision,” say the ABTers.
Going for it in 2010, “would require a rush that could possibly cause our community to take shortcuts, miss important messages and fail to make critical connections. If we set the vote for 2010, we essentially need to net 1,000 voters per day, a theoretically achievable but extraordinarily ambitious goal.”
Last Monday, a coalition of 30 LGBT, civil rights, labor groups, and individuals signed on to a joint letter advocating that the movement to Repeal Proposition 8 should focus on a 2012 as a target date for a ballot initiative (Repeal of Prop 8: Prepare to Prevail in 2012). The two oldest LGBT political organizations in Orange County, the Harvey Milk Stonewall DemocratsÂ (formerly the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club)Â and the Elections Committee of the County of Orange (California’s oldest LGBT PAC) are part of that original group.
The Chronicle story reports:
Next week, same sex marriage supporters are gathering in San Bernadino to take their collective pulse about what their next step should be. Don’t expect to see a consensus on 2010 v. 2012, but you should see some serious telltale signs.
I plan to be at that meeting so I’ll let you know what happens.