So, this article in Rolling Stone is the best write up I’ve seen about what went wrong with Prop 8.
I’ve been uncomfortable with the “blame the black people” backlash. It seems that what went wrong is the arrogance of the people who ran “No on 8” and their failure to earn the votes, not just from the minority communities but from everyone. From the article:
The No on Prop 8 campaign, meanwhile, was oblivious to the formidable field operation that the other side was mounting. Worse, its executive committee refused to include leaders of top gay and lesbian grass-roots organizations, which deprived them of an army of willing foot soldiers.
MassEquality, by contrast, was a coalition formed BY grass-roots organizations. What a mess! The article is a great read though.