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Proposition 8 passes

November 5, 2008

While I still am filled with pride at the performance of yesterday’s voters, and elated at the result, there was at least one dark defeat for those that value equal rights for all Americans. California, as you know, recently had a court ruling that it was against the law to disallow same-sex marriages. Proposition 8 was the successful attempt by anti-Americans to rob same-sex couples of their right to marry under the protection of the law.

As a straight, married man in Delaware, this can’t affect me personally. I won’t ever be prevented by this proposition from marrying, so my feelings on this are scholarly, empathic, and patriotic. Patriotic because you can’t support lesser rights for a minority group and call yourself an American. The Constitution protects people, not “institutions”.

This did, however, affect real Americans whose only agenda, no matter what the TV or your church, or your Grand Wizard tells you, is to live their life in happiness with someone that they love, and her grief is palpable. The second half of the post deals with the monstrous Proposition 8.

And so my state has told me that I am now — officially, legally — a second-class citizen.

My state wrote discrimination into its Constitution.

I’m so sorry, Greta Christina. For you, for Ingrid, for all of California.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenny permalink
    November 7, 2008 10:38 am

    AND ….. I read somewhere that 60 million dollars was spent on this. Wow. To think how many children, homeless, abused people this could have helped.

  2. November 9, 2008 8:25 am

    Yeah, and how much would the billions poured into the presidential election have helped while you’re pontificating, Jenny?

    My thoughts: People cannot be voted into second class citizenship. Gays in CA and elsewhere should concentrate on the 14th Amendment aspect of their plight and demand the same right to partner benefits that heterosexual couples have. I think if they get off their kick for the term “marriage” and stick with “civil unions” for the nonce — with all the same bennies that straight couples are privy to — their fight will go a lot further and will be victorious.

  3. November 10, 2008 5:03 am

    Someone can always say there’s a better use for money spent.

    Hube, you’re right about the 14th. That’s how Loving v. Virginia was won.

  4. November 10, 2008 4:36 pm

    Hube says: “I think if they get off their kick for the term “marriage” and stick with “civil unions”

    Agreed. I honestly believe that all associations should be civil unions, gay and straight. I don’t understand why the government is even involved in “marriage”. But that will never happen. Too engrained into our society.

    It is interesting; I have read that the African-American and Hispanic community are opposed to “gay marriage”, yet many of these were those that voted for the hopey-changy-thing.

    Be careful what you wish for.

  5. November 10, 2008 4:44 pm

    I agree that the gain of the rights is far more important than the use of the word “marriage”. In fact, once same-sex couples have the exact same rights and benefits as the rest of us, I imagine that the term will organically begin to be used for their partnership.

    Shirley, one thing you must keep in mind is that most people who voted for change didn’t want to flip the world upside-down. They wanted some things to change.

    Interestingly, the groups that opposed it most were not just Hispanics and African-Americans, but Hispanic and African-American i>churchgoers. That one omitted word adds a more understandable (if despicable) light to why they can vote for change, but not that kind of change.

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