You’ll have to forgive me for not participating in the LA Gay Center’s Virtual Townhall meeting, underway as I write and edit this. All questions have to pass through a moderator. And I wonder if this moderator will let through tough questions which might force the leaders of the “No on 8” campaign to consider their own responsibility for the failed campaign.Â To wonder why they have failed to engage in any introspection since the ballot measure passed.
I doubt these left-of-center individuals even consider my question:
With a leadership which well represents its left-wing donor base, how do gay groups reach out to social moderates and conservatives whom we most need to move on the question of gay marriage?
It’s not just gay conservatives who are critical of the “No on 8” campaign for failing to reach out to political conservatives, gays are on the left are also incensed. At his blog, gay left-winger (I say that as a description not an insult) Michael Petrelis has been taking on the complacency of what he calls Gay Inc. He faults gay leaders supposedly dedicated to defeating 8 for their paltry contributions to the cause.
Noting how former HRC chief Elizabeth Birch gave nearly fourteen times as much to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as she did to the “No on 8” campaign, Petrelis believes this “reveals how Birch, like HRC, is definitely more interested in putting money into electing Democrats than advancing gay equality.”
Petrelis isn’t the only one who thinks gay leaders are dodging accountability for Prop 8’s passage.Â In the LA Weekly, Patrick Range McDonald notes that on the November 13 Williams Institute “panel of experts to discuss the Proposition 8 loss:”
rather than finding an independent moderator, [Executive Director Brad] Sears turned over those duties to “No on 8” campaign director Patrick Guerriero, who certainly had an interest in damage control. Sears’ decision was the first sign that “No on 8” leaders were going to take full control of the evening.
As McDonald notes, all questions to that panel passed through that moderator. Read the whole thing!
To borrow a phrase from the Gipper, those panelists (and those in tonight’s virtual town hall) have “made a career of heading organizations.” They are less interested in solving problems than they are in maintaining their own prominence. And helping elect Democrats