Action Fund vows to continue fighting attempts to prohibit same-sex couples from securing marriage equality in California

April 24, 2008

Roberta Sklar, Communications Director
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Right-wing groups submit signatures in hopes of placing
same-sex marriage ban on November ballot

WASHINGTON, April 24 — Right-wing groups today submitted petition signatures in an attempt to place an initiative on California’s November ballot that would ban same-sex marriage. It will be several weeks before it is known whether the measure has actually qualified for the ballot. If it does, and ultimately passes, the state Constitution would be amended to ban same-sex couples from marrying in the Golden State for generations.

Statement by Rea Carey, Acting Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“This mean-spirited attack is out of touch with the ideals of most Californians, who are known for being fair-minded and respecting and valuing personal freedoms. This initiative is an affront to them, to the thousands of families who will be personally and irrevocably affected if this discriminatory amendment is enshrined in the state Constitution, and to the core American principle of fairness.

“The Task Force Action Fund is committed to ensuring this injustice does not occur, and we will continue working shoulder to shoulder with Equality for All and our other local partners to defeat this amendment if it advances.”

More about the Task Force’s work in California:

The Task Force Action Fund has been an integral partner in a coalition campaign known as Equality for All, the statewide campaign formed to defeat any anti-LGBT ballot measure in California. Together, the groups have responded to this attack by setting up offices and hiring field staff to organize an unprecedented volunteer-driven campaign to educate voters and encourage them not to sign the petitions. The Task Force Action Fund contributed significantly to the effort, including:

  • Loaning its four full-time organizers based in the Task Force's California office to lead field efforts in regions around the state.
  • Contributing $70,000 in cash to support the campaign's operations.
  • Dedicating an additional four Task Force organizers to provide on-the-ground support in California.

The voter education effort significantly slowed down the opposition’s signature-gathering activity. In the final two weeks of the campaign, measure proponents repeatedly e-mailed their base to complain about Equality for All’s impact on their efforts.

Get involved today

The Task Force Action Fund and Equality for All are continuing to prepare to defeat the possible November initiative. To find out more about how you can help, visit Equality for All at


The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1974 as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund are not tax deductible.