Remember back in May, when it was clear that there was going to be a pitched battle over Proposition 8 in California, how all the folks behind the then-nascent No on 8 campaign invited the community to ask questions and give its input in a virtual town hall meeting that was open to anyone?
Neither do we, but now that the Prop. has passed and people are seriously questioning the effectiveness of our leadership, they are very interested in what you have to say.
Tomorrow night at 6:30pm PST, you’ll have a chance to get answers to your very pressing questions in a panel called “Prop. 8: The Facts and Future.” Questions can be submitted at [email protected] or through the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center website. We’ll be live blogging the whole thing for those who can’t attend.
The panel is a who’s who of Prop 8 leader: Lorri “The Only People We Should Blame is the Mormons!” Jean, CEO of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Geoff Kors, Executive Director, Equality California (pictured), Rev. Eric Lee, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights Assembly Member-Elect John A. PÃ©rez, Steve Smith, the No on 8 Senior Campaign Consultant and Amy Balliett, founder of the web netroots group Join the Impact.
We’ve been calling for gay leadership to be more responsive to the community, so this is a great first step, but you’ll have to forgive Queerty if he’s a bit skeptical. The message from the No on 8 campaign since the election has been “This was the Mormon’s fault, not ours. Do not question our tactics. Questioning us means you want to divide the community. Don’t be a divider! Questioning us is very very bad!”, which is exactly the sort of things we say when we’re covering our ass, too.
There’s something really alarming about No on 8 leaders refusing to acknowledge that they had anything to do with Prop. 8 passing. Had the proposition been defeated, I doubt they’d be giving the Mormons sole credit for it, so it’s strange to hear them give the Church of Latter Day Saints all the blame. But they have and at times in the last few weeks, it seems that the No on 8 campaign is now the No on Mormons campaign.
If you lose a football game, you can sit around blaming the other team or you can look at what you need to improve so you can defeat them next time. If the No on 8 campaign leadership can’t recognize the mistakes it made, it is doomed to repeat them. Before planning the future, we need a clear-eyed look at the recent past. If Barbara Walters has taught us anything, it’s that’s all’s forgiven if you can fess up to your mistakes- preferably in front of a gauze filter.
What questions do you think the leaders of the No on 8 campaign ought to be answering tomorrow? What do you want to ask?