Given how often I have criticized the leadership of the various gay groups, perhaps I am not the one to write this post, but it needs be said.Â And I’m not the only one saying it.Â Others who do not share my conservative politics also agree that a number of heads of these organizations need step down in the wake of the victory this week of Proposition 8.
At absolute minimum, Geoff Kors needs step down as executive director of Equality California and Evan Wolfson from the same position at Freedom to Marry.
Wolfson need step down because he has long been the architect the “litigation-based mindset that,” Jonathan Rauch believes, “has become counterproductive.”Â It has led to a backlash at the ballot box with citizens in thirty states voting to codify the traditional definition of marriage.
Kors need resign because of his role in the “No on 8” campaign.Â Â This was disastrous campaign with strange slogans, first “Equality for All,” later “Unfair and Wrong.”Â The latter worked wonders with socially tolerant people skeptical of gay marriage, those individuals who see gender as a defining aspect of this ancient institution.
To tell them they’re wrong to have concerns about changing its definition shows an amazing amount of disrespect for their views.Â After all, the “No” forces are the ones pushing social change.Â They, like Dr. King, need to learn to appeal to the best in us.Â Those who spearheaded the opposition to Prop 8 certainly didn’t do that.Â They spent more time demonizing the opposition than defending gay marriage.
Not just that, Kors was AWOL for part of the campaign.Â According to Michael Petrelis, he went AWOL in late July, taking a trip to Spain rather than remaining in California to focus on defeating the ballot initiative.Â You’d think someone concerned about a campaign would delay his vacation until after the election.
Despite the success of ballot initiatives to enshrine a definition of marriage into state constitutions and legal codes that prohibits recognition of same-sex marriage, gay leaders never take responsibility for their defeats.Â They always blame someone else.Â As Patrick Range McDonald, less critical of the leadership of gay organizations than I, opines:
The gay rights movement needs to take a serious look at itself. Gay activists, who I mostly admire, can’t keep blaming evangelical Christians for every loss. It’s like the Boston Red Sox blaming the New York Yankees for being too good all of those years and not doing anything about it. Someone in the front office needs to get fired, the line up needs to be shuffled, new players need to be brought in, and we need to start winning a few championships.
That pretty much sums it up.