At Long Last, We Know Who Was on the No on 8 Executive Committee

2990437104_c8f592c470You’d think that in their bid to remain viable members of the next generation of California marriage quality advocates, the members of the Executive Committee for the failed No on 8 campaign would demonstrate some transparency, but it took a public records request filing with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen by SF-activist Michael Petrelis to get the names of the committee finally released. Bowen walked Petrelis through “maze of filings” to finally shed some light on just who was behind No on 8. Here’s the full list of principal officers:

  • Geoff Kors, executive director, Equality California;
  • Lorri Jean, chief executive officer, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center;
  • Kate Kendell, executive director, National Center for Lesbian Rights;
  • Michael Fleming, executive director, David Bohnett Foundation;
  • Marty Rouse, national field director, Human Rights Campaign;
  • Heather Carrigan, ACLU of Southern California;
  • Oscar De La O, Beinestar Human Services in Los Angeles;
  • Sue Dunlop, Los Angeles;
  • Maya Harris, ACLU of Northern California;
  • Don Howes, Los Angeles;
  • Dennis Herrera, City Attorney of San Francisco;
  • Dr. Delores Jacobs, chief executive officer, San Diego LGBT Community Center;
  • Joyce Newstadt, San Francisco;
  • Tawal Panyacosit, director, Asian and Pacific Islander Equality in San Francisco;
  • Rashid Robinson, Los Angeles;
  • Kevin Tilden, communications/political consultant, San Diego;
  • and “No on 8” treasurer, Steve Mele, founder of ML Associates in West Hollywood.

It is beyond comprehension why these names were not disclosed by the No on 8 campaign earlier and we can’t help but thinking that if the Executive Committee is unwilling to share even the most basic facts about their campaign, they will never fully account for or agree to an independent analysis of why the campaign failed.

This weekend, Equality California will host an Equality Summit in Los Angeles, which is open to all marriage equality advocates both old and new who registered. After much wrangling, Queerty and other members of the press have ensured that the event will be fully open to the press. We’ll be their this weekend and will be twittering the event, as well as giving you a comprehensive rundown of the events. Stay tuned.