Instead of feeling defeated, gay rights activists in Hawaii say they are energized by a high-profile vote ending same-sex marriage in California.
Advocates energized despite political loss
A new group formed in Hawaii after the passage of Proposition 8 in California says it is focused on passing bills this year allowing civil unions and same-sex marriage here.
“We need to turn the momentum now,” said California activist Cleve Jones, who is here to train Hawaii supporters of gay marriage.
Jones was brought to Hawaii by Local 5, UNITE HERE’s state affiliate, to conduct leadership training for local activists.
Jones said Hawaii activists must work with unions to form grass-roots coalitions, and encourage online activism on social networking Web sites like Facebook.
“We need to turn the momentum now. It is against us,” Jones said. “We are not a subculture, we are a community. We are not a market, we are a movement.”
Just in case you were reaching for your snoozy pillow thinking the marriage emergency was over…think again. The opposition is using this time to train, recruit volunteers and gear up for the next section of the campaign against marriage.
Have you heard of the new marriage fronts in Connecticut? Vermont? New York? New Hampshire? Maine? Activists for the opposition are working overtime to counter their losses in California, Florida and Arizona.
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