The controversial effort to place a Proposition 8 repeal on the November 2010 ballot in California has failed to gather enough signatures to qualify. The leading LGBT organizations in the state, including Equality California, were not behind the effort and proposed waiting until at least 2012.
"Proponents announced they failed to collect the nearly 700,000 valid voter signatures to qualify their proposed initiative. 'Our signature collection effort may have fallen short, but we stand tall as being the only statewide campaign that fought for repealing Proposition 8 in 2010,' Sean Bohac, Chair of the Restore Equality 2010 Statewide Advisory Panel, said in a statement. The group, Restore Equality 2010, had split with Equality California, one of the state's largest gay-rights advocacy groups, on when to put a repeal of the 2008 Proposition 8 on the ballot.Proponents of the 2010 proposed initiative said they plan to join forces with the other gay-rights groups pushing to legalize same-sex marriage in 2012, beginning a signature-collecting drive to qualify a measure in summer 2011."
Last July, EQCA and other groups recommended waiting until the 2012 election. EqCA stated their position after a new coalition of black, Latino and Asian LGBT groups known as Prepare to Prevail—one of its leaders is Jordan Rustin Coalition's Ron Buckmire.
For the first time ever, recent polls have shown that a majority of Californians now approve of marriage equality. However, most LGBT organizers in the state believed the ballot measure would fare better during a presidential election year, when more younger voters hit the polls. Also: Organizers say it would be near impossible raise tens of millions of dollars and find hundreds of thousands of "new" voters by November.