Wednesday, November 5, 2008

PostHeaderIcon The Newsom Effect

They used to speak of the Bradley Effect: people who would profess colorblindness in public or to pollsters, but who would inevitably vote the opposite from the privacy of the voting booth.

Today, from California, we see what I call "The Newsom Effect" -- named for SF Mayor Gavin Newsome who's statements became the rallying cry for the supporters of Proposition 8.

The "Newsom Effect": people who publicly espouse equality for gays and lesbians, but use their votes to curtail the rights as citizens of gay and lesbian people.

We need a long-term strategy and plan to counter this effect. I'm not sure the current coalition of gay rights standard bearers have the right stuff to make it happen.


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