California: Prop. 8 Turns Back the Clock

by R.J. Forman

I didn't vote.

At all.

I didn't vote for several reasons.

My main reason was I feel the same way about voting as I do about going to bed with someone. You've got to be able to cite several specific reasons why you want to get into bed/office with that person and "I was drunk," "I just felt like it," or "they're Republican/Democrat," cannot be reasons.

One of my other reason was I'm still registered to vote in Ohio (and I live in D.C.).

I haven't lived in Ohio for six years so why would I vote for happenings there?

And registering to vote in Washington, D.C. is pointless because the votes here don't count (the District has no real representation in Congress) and the city/district/quasi-state votes 90-92% Democratic.

However, there was one election I wish I could have had a say in and that was the election in California on Proposition 8.

Proposition 8 passed, banning gay marriage and overturning the California Supreme Court decision that gave gay couples the right to wed just months ago. Prop. 8 passing is a crushing political defeat for gay rights activists. It also represents a personal loss for the thousands of couples from California and others states who got married in the brief window when they could.

What the proposition really means is that gays aren't human. That they do not deserve the same rights as any other person in this country.

Seriously? We let old creepy fundamentalist men marry and rape 15-year-old girls and we won't let two loving, adult people of the same sex marry?

The ban on gay marriage passed in Florida and Arizona, too. That was somewhat expected.

But California, oh California, you were the great hope!

Californian is light years ahead of the rest of this country on things like renewable energy and energy conservation. Parts of California don't even have minority or majority ethnicity, the state is so diverse.

And yet they fell short on this ban which will now set the tone for the rest of the country's moves on gay marriage.

After the loss, defenders of same-sex marriage filed three law suits against the state. The suits are basically saying that the anti-gay marriage measure is an illegal constitutional revision. The suits are being called frivolous by supporters of the ban and will likely be dead on arrival in court.

My friend Alix who's lived in Los Angeles her whole life recommended this: "gay people should stop trying to argue that they are born that way (even though it's true) and side with the people who say it's a choice. They should then say that being gay is a religious choice. That being gay is in itself a religion. Our country is way against religious discrimination. So denying marriage for a certain religion would be unconstitutional."

Really? That's what it's come to? Remember when we wouldn't let people of different races marry? What about when we wouldn't recognize the marriage between two black slaves? Yeah, those were good times in history too.

(For an earlier posting on Proposition 8, please see: "Isn't Love All You Need?")

(Photo by takemytaco via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.)

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