While there is some disappointing news this year with LGBT ballot initiatives; specifically, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington all getting the chance to vote on whether loving, committed couples deserve have the right to be married, there is some good news on the LGBT ballot front. Today the second effort to undo California’s SB48 law; the law that promote inclusion of LGBT people in school curriculums, failed to get the required number of signatures for it to make it on the ballot. From the Associated Press via MercuryNews.com:
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Opponents of a law that requires California public schools to cover the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have again failed to qualify a ballot measure that would have overturned the requirement.
Pacific Justice Institute lawyer Kevin Snider said the Stop SB48 campaign did not gather enough signatures by Monday’s deadline to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot that would exclude sexual minorities from the list of groups whose roles in history and social science schools must teach.
Snider estimates that the all-volunteer petition circulating effort, which focused largely on churches, collected about 446,000 signatures out of the 504,760 required.
The group’s earlier attempt to put the gay history lesson law to a popular vote this year also did not qualify. (source)
This news comes just weeks after Washington States’ Initiative 1192 failed to get enough qualifying signatures to make it to the ballot. From Reuters:
Initiative 1192, headed by attorney Stephen Pidgeon and his group Protect Marriage Washington, would have created a statute restricting marriage to between one man and one woman.
“We are woefully short, not just a little bit short,” Pidgeon told Reuters on Tuesday. He added his group received about 105,000 signatures but needed 241,000 by the state’s deadline… (source)
That’s about 136,000 signatures short for those who are counting.
It needs to be noted that Washington State’s Referendum 74 is on the ballot for the November. That referendum asks if voters want to repeal the already approved marriage equality bill in that state. People should approve this referendum.
Does this information bode well for these and other November votes? We’ll have to wait and see, but I definitely think they show that the times they are a changin’