Study Shows Millions Spent On Prop 8 and Other Similar Campaigns Has Been a Complete Waste

Patrick Egan of New York University has put together a decade-long study that basically trashes conventional wisdom on same-sex marriage initiatives, and shows that the millions spent to convince voters in campaigns like California’s Proposition 8 is essentially wasted because voters have made up their minds.  (And also is proves the point that I have stated again and again that LGBT rights issues should not be put up to a vote by the majority and we should not allow it to be or fight along that avenue)

Egan looked at polling on gay marriage and domestic partner elections in 33 states since 1998 and found that no minds were changed despite millions in spending, hard-hitting advertising such as the much-quoted ‘like it or not’ TV spot with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and emotional pleas from both sides. By election day, voters who opposed same-sex marriage before the campaign still opposed it, and those who backed it continued to back it. ‘The study indicates that when all of this (campaigning) is over, the result is a wash,’ said Egan, who was joined by supporters of same-sex marriage at a news conference at San Francisco City Hall.”

This study finally prove that since both the ballot box and elected politicians are not going to help us, we, like other previous minority civil rights pursuers, must look to the courts to right the wrongs against us.

Enough of the ballot box.  It’s a waste of time and resources.  The best use of GLBT funding is to fight the bigots and defend ourselves via the courts.  PERIOD!


Will Kohler

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