Eric Harrison, the former statewide development director for Equality California, has joined Love Honor Cherish as the marriage equality grassroots organization's Interim Executive Director, LHC announced Monday morning.
Harrison was hired as LHC's first paid employee at a salary akin to what he was paid at EQCA, LHC Board Chair Tom Watson told Frontiers. His task is to build the organization and focus on restoring marriage equality.
Eric Harrison (Photo from Equality California)
Disappointed that EQCA decided not to push for a ballot initiative to repeal Prop 8 in 2012 as many had expected, LHC held a community meeting on Oct. 30, where, after two hours of passionate debate about the viability of an initiative campaign and the apparent apathy of the LGBT community, LHC members decided to submit ballot language and start the process of organizing and raising money for a paid signature-gathering campaign.
The language for the initiative submitted to the Attorney General's office is the same lawyer-vetted language as that submitted for a failed initiative in 2010. The proposed initiative opens with protections for "religious freedom" - exempting religious officials or institutions from having to perform same-sex marriages. It then strikes the current definition of marriage as between a man and a woman and substitutes: "Marriage is between only two persons and shall not be restricted on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion."
Watson said LHC expects to receive a title and summary for the proposed ballot initiative on Dec. 15.