There were racist, blame-flinging statements from disappointed gay folks. Shameful. Shanikka sets the numbers out (Daily Kos, My Left Wing). Kathryn Kolbert wrote: "Blaming Black Voters for the Passage of Prop 8 is Wrong and Destructive." Wayne Besen wrote: "Truth Wins Out Condemns Racial Intolerance Within the LGBT Community Following Passage of Proposition 8"
Paul Hogarth pointed out that
We need to face the fact that Prop 8 passed because a lot of liberal people voted for it—swing voters who should have known better, if only they had the right message.
He thinks that the No on 8 Campaign failed to follow a couple of rules:
- Be proactive, frame the agenda
- Anticipate what strategies the opposition will come up with to lure voters, and to preempt them with your own overtures
He also faulted the campaign -- at least the campaign in his area -- with being shortsighted and non-strategic.
People for the American Way are in it for the long haul:
People For the American Way Foundation conducted focus groups among African American churchgoers in California in September. Among men and women, and among younger and older groups, we found strong opposition to discrimination against LGBT people in employment and housing. And we found widespread support for legal protections for committed couples. Among all groups there was generally a live-and-let-live attitude toward gay people in their communities and congregations, and a recognition that couples deserve some basic legal protections. People For the American Way Foundation produced and ran three radio ads designed to tap that instinct for fairness and encouraging African Americans to oppose anti-gay discrimination.
But our focus groups also showed us that marriage equality faces a higher hurdle. Many people in our focus groups had difficulty sorting out the difference between civil marriage and marriage as a religious institution. Even some of the most eloquent opponents of discrimination argued that marriage was somehow different because they saw it as an inherently religious act that God had designed to be between a man and a woman. Rev. Kenneth Samuel, chair of the AAMLC’s Equal Justice Task Force, says we need to be in “tough and loving” conversation to get people to think differently about that question, and to grapple with separating religious belief from commitment to constitutional principles of equality under the law. That’s a hard conversation to have in the midst of a heated political campaign.