Former Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club co-chair Scott Wiener echoes the club's platform that proponents of the ballot initiative best wait 'til 2012 in order to get organized. "When we go back to the ballot, we need to get it right. We can't afford to keep going back and losing." A deputy city attorney, Wiener said the key would be to preach same-sex marriage to more folks than just the choir. "I would definitely want to see more outreach to communities of color, and into the Central Valley...I think that's what could tip it in our favor."Meanwhile, Harvey Milk democratic club President Rafael Mandelman said when the issue comes up at the ballot box is less important than having some leadership heading up the campaign. "I think it's very unclear who the leadership of No on 8 was. It was a statewide coalition ... but in the aftermath, not a lot of people have said, 'That was me.'"
Mandelman is not married, and says he has no plans to get hitched in the near future. "I think for a lot of people in the the LGBT community, it's odd to have our civil rights be defined by these institutions that we're not that we're much attached to like marriage and the military. It's peculiar to be fighting our way into these clubs that when we take a step back, we're not so sure we want to be in."
Mandelman says he was "part of the problem" of the complacency that led to the passage of Prop. 8, thinking gay marriage had it in the bag. "For a lot of people, it's not the foremost thing on their mind and it's only when your fellow citizens tell you quite clearly that you're a second class citizen that it becomes a more urgent and pressing concern."
Now he says, if it's going to be 2010, it's time to get a move on. "As the days go by, I'm not sure this army we think we have is just waiting at the ready." As for leadership, look elsewhere. With a hot supervisor race in one of San Francisco's most active voting districts ahead of him, he's got his plate full.