It now appears unlikely that California voters will be asked to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriages next year. The Courage Campaign, the most prominent group behind the 2010 repeal effort, announced today that more time was needed and "we do not see a path to victory" in 2010, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
Rick Jacobs, founder of the Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign, said today that polling and other research his organization commissioned shows that gay marriage supporters do not have the financial backing, leadership or edge in public opinion to try to overturn Proposition 8 in 2010. The announcement by Jacobs means that a coalition of small gay rights groups that is gathering signatures to qualify a gay marriage measure for the November ballot will be working without support from established organizations.
Lambda Legal also announced that they were withdrawing from a 2010 effort.
Equality California, the state’s largest gay rights groups, and a coalition of black, Latino and Asian LGBT groups announced last summer that they preferred waiting until 2012. With today's withdrawal of the Courage Campaign and Lambda Legal, the only notable group working to place enough signatures for a 2010 repeal is Love Honor Cherish.