Just received the news in an e-mail form the organization: “Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors today announced that he will step down from his position on March 31, 2011, at the conclusion of his ninth year with the organization.”
This is good news indeed. Kors has been a relentless partisan while helming the advocacy organization, turning it into little more than a gay and lesbian auxiliary of the California Democratic Party. That said, given that the (once-)Golden State has effectively become a one-party state, his partisanship did serve a purpose.
While Kors has done a good job of building coalitions among the left-leaning interest groups who hold sway in Sacramento and in lobbying legislators on the left, he did a terrible job helping the opposition to Prop. 8. Should federal courts uphold that provision, those seeking to overturn it at the polls will need develop a different strategy for repeal than Kors et al implemented in opposition. With Kors departing, that becomes increasingly likely. His leadership team was reluctant to work with gay Republicans and consider their ideas. Even in the wake of the proposition’s passage, gay Republicans (as this blog has reported) were excluded from the various post-mortems, many of which EqCA spearheaded.
Let us hope Kors’ successor does a better job of reaching out to Republicans and showing respect for the diversity of views among gay and lesbian residents of this wonderful, but economically challenged, state. That way, we stand a better change of repealing Prop 8.
Joe Solmonese, your move.