The California Secretary of State requires that ballot initiative language be in by September 25 of the prior year—which is really really soon. There will be no way to have the repeal of Prop 8 on the ballot for 2010 unless the language is in by that date. That puts the California LGBT groups in a pickle—they have to raise the money to do the research to have that in on time. Courage Campaign is trying to raise $200,000 by August 13 in order to do so.
Why do you need money to write a Ballot Initiative? They aren't turning something in drunkenly scrawled on the back of a napkin, y'all.
According to the Courage Campaign website: "That's how much money it will take to determine -- through research, polling and focus groups -- the most effective initiative language and messages that will move voters to support marriage equality."
It's going to take more than bickering to repeal Prop 8 (actually… maybe we should consider the possibility that bickering may be counterproductive?). Here's the real test. The economy is in shambles, and we're all hurtin' for money. But we all want Equality, and we're bitching that we won't wait until 2012. So if you REALLY want a Prop 8 repeal on the ballot for 2010, then go to the website and give what you can. I gave $10. I'm not in California, I'm in Illinois—I can drive 4 hours, be in Iowa and get married if I want. But what happened in California is injustice, and I won't have it. I'm going to give $10, and you should too. Seriously. If you DON'T give $10, then shut the hell up on the whole matter.
You can shit in one hand and bitch in the other, but which one gets filled up first?
Gotta give them dolla bills, y'all!