Prop 8 Repeal Group Love Honor Cherish Can Start Knocking On Doors

The Los Angeles-based activist group Love Honor Cherish got the go-ahead Friday to start gathering signatures for a measure that would undo Proposition 8.

They have until May 14, 2012 to collect the 807,615 voter signatures required to qualify their initiative for the November 2012 ballot.

Writes Lisa Leff in the AP:

“This is severely impacting people, loving couples who cannot get married. It has severely impacted me not being able to get married,” Love Honor Cherish board chair Tom Watson, who signed as the initiative’s official proponent, said. “It’s been more than three years since Prop 8, and a majority of California residents have realized that it is a mistake to deny loving same-sex couples the right to marry and are ready to reverse the mistake that was made at the ballot box. We should give them that opportunity.”

The new initiative would strike down Prop 8—which enforces the one man/one woman concept of marriage—but would allow clergy to refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs. You know, like they already can.

Love Honor Cherish picked up the gauntlet this fall after Equality California said it was not going to lead the fight. Of course with Prop 8 bouncing around the California court system, this new repeal initiative may prove unnecessary.

But you can never be too careful.

Images via Nairn Howard, Love Honor Cherish

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  • kylew

    What a perfect name – focusses the issue exactly where it should be – on the fact thatgay couples have the same feelings towards each other as straight couples.

  • John

    While I appreciate what they’re trying to do, wouldn’t it make more sense to let the Prop 8 trial go to the supreme court so you know, we could have full federal marriage equality, not just Californian?

  • chris

    Unless they have the $$$$ to hire professional signature gatherers, this will fail.

  • Norris

    Disastrous – why is it that in a state like California, they seem to be incapable of putting together a professional, well-funded publicity campaign?

  • WillBFair

    @Norris: Because our leaders are hopeless. The gay community are obsessed with looks and bodies and don’t recognize brains or competence.

  • jeff4justice

    When Gavin Newsome instigated marriage equality in 2004, a lot of LGBTs were to fearful to back him.

    When Ted Olson & David Boise filed the lawsuit to overturn Prop 8, a lot of LGBTs were to fearful to back them.

    Now that LHC is leading the way to repeal Prop 8 at the ballot, based on these comments and EQCA not being interested, a lot of LGBTs seem to fearful to back them.

    Yet when it comes to the anti-LGBTs taking away our rights, religious groups that ordinary ignore each other have no problem coming together to oppress us.

    Get it together LGBTs.

  • mike85

    They’re idiots, yes idiots. Just like what happend with Log Cabin Republican’s Case in the courts against DADT when it was repealed legislatively the same thing can happen w the prop8 case in the courts. That is that if prop8 is repealed by the people, then the court that is handling this during that time can Void all of the case up until then b/c they can say there is no case since it’s been repealed. That is if the Judge/s then are assholes and also void all of the evidence. Then it would start ALL OVER AGAIN, how long do we want to wait for the highest court to set things right so that either they say prop8 is unconstitutional and then ppl in each state can start dismantling anti-marriage equality laws (or hopefully they will do away w them in all States not just Cali).

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