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posted Friday, February 19, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 08

A Means to an End
Established gay-rights groups don't always agree with the methods and strategy of newer grassroots activists.

Damian Dovarganes
AP

Rick Jacobs was a steady fixture at last month's gay-marriage trial, perched in his chair, bolt upright, blogging nonstop into his Macbook Pro. In his pinstripe suit, purple tie, and small rimless glasses, Jacobs looked as lawyerly as the case's lead attorneys, Ted Olson or Charles Cooper. But Jacobs was at the trial as an activist, part of the gay grassroots surge in the wake of 2008's passage of California's Proposition 8. This outpouring of anger has upset the established order of a state-by-state, hearts-and-minds approach that many experienced gay activists swear by, and see dissolving in a new rush to litigate.

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