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A few words about California.

Amongst the great news and celebration last night, there was some bad news as well: Proposition 8 passed in California.

Ellen DeGeneres went to be a happily married woman last night and woke up single, her marriage having been annulled by 52.5% of the residents of California.

I try to tell myself that these things take time, and that the Civil Rights Movement had a 10 year head start on the Gay Rights Movement. I remind myself that 40 years ago, Mayor Richard J. Daley's Chicago Police were busting heads open in Grant Park, the same park where Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of 700,000 last night and gave his acceptance speech as the first African-American President-elect of the United States. I remind myself that it's been 40 years since The Chicago 8 became the Chicago 7 when Bobby Seale was bound and gagged and eventually removed from the courtroom. Oh what a difference 40 years makes.

But the joy and elation of Chicago is definitely marred by the shock and sadness over California. California, I expected better from you. I hope that it takes a lot less than 40 years for history to look back on Proposition 8 and recognize it for the travesty that it is.

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acrossthewalls
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Prop 102 passed in AZ as well, but I did my part to try and bust it down. One of my gay coworkers was still hopeful that the Supreme Court would eventually take this on and if Obama can place a judge or two ...

I am so pissed about this. It makes me ashamed to live in Arizona.
hopita
Nov. 6th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
I was ashamed of Arizona when the folks at the McCain concession speech started booing the mention of the name "Obama."
acrossthewalls
Nov. 6th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
I actually missed that bit, I was bouncing between several groups of friends at a big Obama party at a club downtown. Please don't think all Arizonans are as bad as the worst Phoenicians though. Arizona is actually pretty diverse, and my county did go blue, as did Tuscon. We're politically to Arizona what Pittsburgh and Philly are to PA, we just don't have the population to dominate.
varro
Nov. 6th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
Bobby Rush, another one of the Black Panthers of that era, is a veteran Congressman.

Jesse Jackson, indefatigable gadfly, raised a son who's the *other* Congressman from the South Side of Chicago.

I have a hunch that Prop 8 will be a Pyrrhic victory for the fundies and bigots - it might just lead to a Loving v. Virginia precedent legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
hopita
Nov. 6th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I love it when you talk lawyer to me. ;)
_aqualung_
Nov. 6th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
But 47.5 People voted AGAINST it. Think back to when we were dating, and homophobia was *really* prevalent. I don't think many would have tried to stop it then. 40 years? I don't think so. I give it ten tops. Each generation gets more and more tolerant.

What we need first is a government that is tolerant of homosexuals. We have yet to elect one. Even Bill Clinton balked at gays in the military.
bishopjoey
Nov. 6th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
I would direct you to drkaos's entries on the subject - the majority of the funding in favor of prop 8 came from Utah, which it seems to me should be quite illegal.

I'm almost as ashamed of my state now as I was when they selected Ahnold as our governor.

And one of Dan Savage's correspondents nails it.

Edited at 2008-11-06 08:09 am (UTC)
lllove
Nov. 8th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Just almost besides the point, but Degeneres marriage is not anulled from what i can tell. The law specifically stated that all previous gay marriages were legally binding still, as i have bee told. I guess this is why there were massive 'just in case' weddings the day before the vote...
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