Gay rights leaders plan $1-million war chest

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Garrison is a Times staff writer.

Gay rights leaders hope to build a $1-million war chest to defend any judge threatened with recall for ruling in favor of gay marriage, leaders announced during a conference call with supporters Tuesday night.

Leaders of the failed campaign to oppose Proposition 8, which amended the state Constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, also said they would meet in January to plot the course for the movement’s future. Supporters of gay marriage have sued to overturn Proposition 8, and the California Supreme Court will hear the cases as early as spring.

Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California and one of the leaders of the No on 8 campaign, said he wanted to use any funds left over from the last campaign.


During their “virtual” town hall, “Prop 8: The Facts and the Future,” gay rights leaders talked of plans to put a new gay-marriage question before voters, perhaps as soon as 2010. They also vowed to improve their outreach to blacks and Latinos, who supported Proposition 8, according to exit polls.