Gay activists fight marriage amendment

Gay activists in California are hoping to repeal the state marriage amendment, but they are dealing with a huge fracture within their camp. Major donors are unhappy about the passage of Proposition 8, and don’t want to give to a lost cause a second time.

David Bohnett, a millionaire philanthropist who gave more than $1 million to defeat Prop. 8, was quoted in The New York Times as saying: “The only thing worse than losing in 2008 would be to lose again in 2010.”

Ron Prentice, executive director of the California Family Council, said numerous activist organizations across the state are taking votes of their membership to know whether to move forward in 2010, 2012 or some later date.

“The reality says, based on our economy and the recent success of Proposition 8, now would not be a good time,” he said. “It’s kind of been a splintered result relationally between those groups.”

The passage of Prop. 8 reversed the activist decision from the California Supreme Court that struck down the state’s Defense of Marriage Act. It enshrined marriage between one man and one woman in the state’s constitution.

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