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Lots of political hubub behind the scenes these days – this is why politics is fun to cover – and the latest example internecine turmoil is at Equality California, where executive director Roland Palencia stepped down after just a few months on the job as the replacement for long-time leader Geoff Kors, who himself lost some standing in the wake of an anti-Prop. 8 campaign many say was ineffective. A cardinal rule of political-fight groups: Staff and management hang together or the group weakens. So it will be interesting to see what happens next for EQCA, which bills itself as the largest statewide gay-rights group in California. EQCA didn’t say why Palencia was leaving, although it appears to stem in part from the group’s decision – again – not to try and overturn Proposition 8. Among Sacramento’s chattering class, that seems to be a smart political move while they try to keep moving public opinion. But Prop. 8 foes are not happy, and others are ready to wage another ballot fight, including Love Honor Cherish, which said it stood “willing and able to fill the void.” However marginal Love Honor Cherish, its position does reflect the passions in the gay community over ECQA’s leadership changes.
Stay tuned…


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