Just learned from Michael Petrelis‘s blog (and confirmed via the Sacramento Bee/Associated Press) that Equality California’s (EqCA) new Executive Director Roland Palencia will be stepping down later this week:
The leader of California’s largest gay rights group is leaving his post after only a few months on the job.
Equality California announced Monday that Executive Director Roland Palencia will step down on Friday.
Palencia’s decision comes less than a week after the group said it would not lead a campaign in 2012 to overturn Proposition 8, the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages.
I had meant to blog on the last item, but with the Jewish Holy Days and other stuff on my plate, I haven’t had time to blog. (And well, in the past few days, haven’t been thinking about politics as much as most of us political bloggers normally do.) Quickly, don’t think it’s a good idea to put off repeal of Prop. 8. Given the current polls, a campaign to overturn the ban on state recognition of same-sex marriages could succeed if its leadership included Republicans. Maybe Mr. Palencia wasn’t willing to work with gay Republicans.
I had refrained form commenting on Palencia’s selection to head EqCA because I had hoped to arrange a meeting between gay conservatives and Palencia and didn’t want to compromise that process. I had reached out to several individuals close to and involved in the organization. They were optimistic we could arrange a meeting. Given that such a meeting seemed possible, I thought we might be more effective if we communicated our concerns privately before criticizing the new leadership publicly.
Perhaps, at a later date — as time allows — I may offer my thoughts on his selection and my hopes for his replacement.
I have no clue why Palencia is stepping down. All I can say is that it is an interesting development and that I wish him well in his future endeavors.