Debra, 20% of the ExCom that voted on DPI were members of Outright. How much higher would that number have to be for Outright to have a sufficient voice on such questions?
I'd love to consult with Outright Californians on such questions, but I've been banned from the lists of both Outright and LPSF. Guess who is the Chair of both? For the full history, see
Gene, the Republican platform tells us that "the traditional understanding of marriage" requires "a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it". So yes, such conservatives are "right in seeing us as a threat to their concept of marriage". I don't know whether these conservatives would be offended more by marriage equality than by partnership equality, and I don't really care. I just want the LP to stand up for the idea that, apart from enforcing voluntary contracts, government has no legitimate authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Renaming "marriage" to "domestic partnership" seems to me to move us toward a world in which government's only interest in couples is to enforce their voluntary contracts.