Ivy Bottini, the gay rights leader of the successful fight against 1976’s Proposition 6, also known as the Briggs Amendment, didn’t receive so much as a single phone call from the No on 8 campaign, she claimed at a town hall meeting in West Hollywood on Sunday that was organized by grassroots activists from outside the campaign.
She wasn’t alone either.
The meeting, organized after many felt shut out by last month’s “virtual town hall” set up by No on 8 Campaign leaders, had religious leaders, activists and regular citizens demanding accountability from what is now widely seen as an insular and hermetic political campaign.
“Orange County gay rights organization member Harvey List spoke about the lack of outreach made in Orange County by the No On 8 campaign.
“They just wrote the entire county off as going Yes On 8,” he said. “The good thing that came out of it is that there were a number of new organizations that formed [to fill the void]…
WeHo pastor Scott Imler, who preaches at Crescent Heights United Methodist Church as well as at Hollywood United Methodist, said that the faith community, in particular, felt shut out of the campaign.
“We really needed to answer the faith questions straight people have with progressive spiritual voices” he said, “and that idea was anathema to the leaders of No On 8.”
The activists present who had experience on the 1976 attempt to discriminate against gays and lesbians, Ivy Bottini, Torie Osborne to name only two, decried the imbalances in the campaign, saying that lessons learned over 30 years ago failed to be applied. ”