Posted by Roobs on September 8, 2010
Equality California offers no comment on alleged relationship with former Prop 8 supporter and current Oakland City Council candidate, Melanie Shelby.
For some time I have been trying to research Melanie Shelby, candidate for Oakland City Council. Since moving to Los Angeles to puruse my graduate education, I admit I have fallen behind. But I haven’t forgotten.
Before I moved out of the Bay Area, I sent a request for clarification to the Melanie Shelby campaign regarding her August 4th press release following the initial verdict in the Proposition 8 trial. I also sent a request to Equality California asking them to comment on the relationship Melanie Shelby continually says she has with them.
I first received a response from the Shelby Campaign in what one other Oakland blogger described as “psychotic”. You can read the Shelby Campaign’s really bad, though entertaining, response as well as my rebuttal by clicking here. It really is a great example of what a bad communications team can do for a candidate. But that was just one side.
For the past few weeks, I have been trying different avenues to get a response from someone inside Equality California – California’s primary same-sex marriage advocacy group. For a few weeks I have talked to individuals (off the record) and sent emails. Unfortunately, all my requests have been unfulfilled and, as I said, my conversations with the few I have reached have been off the record.
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Posted by Roobs on September 1, 2010
Hello all! I appologize again for not writing anything new. Over the weekend I moved out of the Bay Area and have now set up shop in Los Angeles as I attend graduate school at UCLA! I will try to come back with more interesting posts, including a follow up on the Melanie Shelby-Equality California relationship.
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Posted by Roobs on August 17, 2010
Former Prop 8 Supporter Dodges Questions on LGBT Issues, Attacks Questioner.
Back on July 2, 2010, I wrote a post about Oakland City Council candidate, Melanie Shelby, who is running in District 4. Melanie Shelby is well known in and out of political circles for her past support of Proposition 8 – California’s same-sex marriage ban. Why? Because she told everyone.
Because Melanie Shelby stated she has changed her view on same-sex marriage since starting her campaign for city council, I requested clarification from the Shelby campaign on her past and current position on same-sex marriage. I received no response. I wrote my post based on conversations with political insiders who have spoken to Shelby regarding this very issue.
(You can read my post here)
Melanie Shelby began saying she is working with Equality California since starting her campaign; supposedly in an effort to share her story of an evolving view of same-sex marriage. However, she has never really explained what project this is.
Following the ruling in the case challenging Prop 8 on August 4, 2010, the Shelby campaign released a statement where she again claimed to be working with Equality California and other LGBT activists. She also stated Californian’s still struggle with the “moral implications” of same-sex marriage.
(Read Melanie Shelby’s full press-release here.)
I again sent an email to the Shelby campaign asking for comment. I asked what project and relationship she has with Equality California and what she meant by “moral implications”. I also sent an email to the press office of Equality California asking them to comment on any project or relationship they had with Shelby as well.
I’m still waiting for Equality California to respond but after receiving the following response from the Shelby camp I feel compelled to address it. I will, of course, update upon any response from Equality California (if any).
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