California

Gay Marriage Put on Hold

Major financial backers of same-sex marriage say they are wary to fight Proposition 8 in California during the 2010 campaign. “In conversations with a number of my fellow major No on 8 donors,” one philanthropist told The New York Times, “I find that they share my sentiment: namely, that we will step up to the plate—with resources and talent—when the time is right.” Leading California pollsters and political consultants have told gay rights groups that a 2010 race is not a good idea. Other gay rights activists say that failing to challenge the 2008 proposition which banned gay marriage in California would be immoral and lead groups to miss out on a galvanizing moment in the gay community.