Prop 8 Repeal Fails to Qualify for November Ballot
In a major blow to Californians who support same sex marriage, the various campaigns working statewide to gather 694,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot have failed.
Prop 8, a state measure whose campaign for passage benefited from heavy financing by Evangelicals/Mormons & Wingnuts, passed by a slim margin in 2008, and bans marriage between same sex couples.
From BPN- Qualifying constitutional amendments for the ballot is a monumental task that normally requires using paid signature gatherers -- something that Prop 8 supporters used in 2008. Love Honor Cherish, the homosexual advocacy group, avoided using paid signature gatherers and relied instead on volunteers and social networking websites. John Henning, executive director of the group, called it a "heartbreaking moment."
"Despite the dogged efforts of hundreds of volunteers across California, we did not get the signatures we needed within the 150-day window set by the state," he said in a statement.
Supporters of the repeal are looking forward to 2012 when a greater number of younger voters are expected to participate.
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