Posted by Carolyn Marbry at Liberty For All:
Back in 2008, many of us tried really hard to defeat California’s Proposition 8, which added a clause to the California state constitution defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. My partner and I stood on street corners with a lot of other activists waving “No on 8″ signs at passing cars, making a game of counting how often we were flipped off or called any of a number of colorful names by those who so vigorously supported “traditional family values.” Night after night, we put “No on 8″ lawn signs on street corners, knowing that by the time we got back around to where we’d put the first ones, they would already be destroyed or stolen, replaced with “Yes on 8″ signs. I spoke out passionately against it frequently that year in public debates and when asked during political panel discussions.
We very nearly won, too.
Every time the topic comes up again, as it has now that challenges to Prop 8 have reached the federal court in San Francisco, I find myself wondering what we could have done differently, what might have made the difference, other than simply having enough money to square off against the big interests backing Prop 8… The truth is, even if we’d matched them dollar for dollar, we were fighting something far more formidable than even the most ardent supporters of Prop 8. We were fighting the apathy of the majority.