Well, California marriage advocates have started their work for the 2010 ballot:
The measure, put forth by Yes! on Equality, would strike the provision in the state constitution stipulating that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized" in California. Residents voted for this language in the November 2008 election with Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that nullified the state supreme court's May 2008 decision that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional.
The act also adds two provisions to the constitution to ensure that the change would not affect school curricula, nor would it require churches to perform religious marriage ceremonies in violation of their beliefs. During the Proposition 8 campaign, religious institutions made both arguments to voters.
Well, there's a plan.
It's being run by "Yes! on Equality" and I checked out who they list as staff on their site. I don't recognize any names from the No on Prop 8 campaign. They go so far as to write up how exactly they're doing things differently from No on 8:BREAK
In Addition to starting early, there are numerous factors that distinguish the Yes! Campaign. Perhaps the most paramount, is the inclusion of people. RollingStone, in a critical analysis of the No on 8 Campaign, noted that No on 8 failed to create a grassroots style organization and excluded LGBT community leaders. The Yes! Campaign recognizes this and has therefore built its foundation upon the inclusion of a diverse set of people. The purpose of this campaign is not to turn-away supporters, but rather to bring them together for a more effective outcome.
Connecting with other minorities is an imperative part of this cohesion. The Yes! Campaign is continuing where other attempts left off by targeting all groups in our society. Yes! is an active participant in many minority specific networking groups and we are pleased to be working with zealous members of our society. It should also be noted that the Yes! Initiative is a peopleís movement and we encourage all supporters to get involved and reach out to all. This level of dedication to the community is yet another unique feature to this campaign.
Naturally, we are committed to serving all groups, minorities and the majority included. However, we fear such efforts would be in vain if it were not for a modicum of organization. Our ability to organize is another defining characteristic of this initiative.
Here's the full text of their proposed amendment:
An act to repeal Section 7.5 of Article I of the California Constitution; therefore provisions to be repealed are printed in strike-through text.
Section 1. Title
This measure shall be known, and may cited, as the "California Marriage Equality Act."
Section 2. (a) Section 7.5 of Article I of the California Constitution shall be repealed, stricken, and removed as such:
Sec. 7.5 Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California
(b) This section is not intended to, and shall not be interpreted to, modify or change the curriculum in any school.
(c) This section is not intended to, and shall not be interpreted to, mandate or require clergy of any church to perform a service or duty incongruent with their faith.
Well, they included right there the two biggest arguments that the Yes on 8 campaign ran against same-sex marriage, even though since their arguments were such lies to begin with I don't know if much will have changed.
What 2010 will bring, should this go to the ballot, will be a much smaller amount of money being spent on the campaigns, what with the depression, California being particularly hard-hit, and the fact that it's a midterm election. But Barbara Boxer will be up for reelection, and the governorship will be on the ballot as well, so along with a ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage means that there will definitely be interest in the elections.
Whether that means it will pass or not, I don't know. The "Yes! on Equality," despite a name that denies that the campaign is either about LGBT people or even about marriage rights, is saying some of the right words when it comes to what they're going to do differently. We'll have to wait and see.