The next three recommendations urge that we take great care before we reach the decision to return to the ballot.
It is tempting to go back quickly, because we feel so wronged by the result of Prop 8. But if we act only on those feelings, we could easily suffer another loss or find that we enjoy only a temporary victory.
Feelings matter, but we also have to face the facts: we have learning to do before we are truly prepared to wage a markedly improved campaign (as noted in Recommendations 1-3); and our opposition is well-prepared to execute its successful strategy of appealing to anti-gay prejudice.
The countervailing point of view favors setting a specific deadline for a return to the ballot before we know whether we will truly be ready. After all, deadlines are useful; close to their expiration, they frequently help people focus.
But deadlines are not magical. Deadlines help us get something done that we already know how to do; they don’t necessarily help us get something done that we don’t know how to do, eg how to rebut “Princes.” It’s relatively easy to set deadlines for tasks similar to manufacturing, but not easy to set a deadline for invention; the time we’ll need for the latter is unknown. Some campaigns resemble a manufacturing process, but that’s less true for the ones we’ll be facing on same-sex marriage.