Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Prop 8 passes in Califorina

An Amendment to the California State Constitution defining marriage has a union between one man and one women has passed.

"People believe in the institution of marriage," Frank Schubert, co-manager of the Yes on 8 campaign said. "It's one institution that crosses ethnic divides, that crosses partisan divides. ... People have stood up because they care about marriage and they care a great deal."

Opponents of the gay marriage ban said Wednesday that one legal challenge was filed and others were being prepared.

So basically they want the courts to overturn the constitution. I don't think it's supposed to work that way.

By changing the state constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman, Proposition 8 overturns the California Supreme Court decision that overturned the 2000 ban and legalized same-sex marriage in the state in mid-June. Since then, an estimated 18,000 gay and lesbian couples, many of them from other states, have been married.

The funny thing is it I think I saw an article that said a large number of minorities that turned out to vote for Obama also voted for prop 8 giving it the boost it needed to win. Gay marriage bans also passed in Arizona and Florida. With the passing of this amendment in California it looks like most Americans are rejecting the notion of gay marriage.

1 comment:

  1. A temporary set-back. And yes, very disappointing. And yes, black and Latino voters are the ones who got this bill passed. Black voters supported the measure by about 70%. Without them, this ridiculous infringement of civil rights would not have passed. Talk about irony.

    And an infringement of civil rights is exactly what this is. Two days ago, gay people were allowed to marry in California. Now they can't, because the Mormon church decided to take it away from them. The Mormons spent better than $20 million on the campaign to pass this amendment. Good thing they didn't bother to, you know, actually help anyone with that money.

    Another decade, though, and we'll see that tide start to turn. Just look at the acceptance of gay marriage and gay lifestyles among the youth. It'll take awhile, but one day America will treat a gay person just like any other American.

    And then we'll start our quest to allow men to marry farm animals <-snark>