Tuesday, December 9, 2008
California Proposition 8 Backlash
Proposition 8, for anyone who has been living under a rock, was a California ballot proposal that would amend the state constitution to define "marriage" as being between one man and one woman. It did nothing to limit or ban domestic partnerships. The vote in favor of Proposition 8 passed by a 52.3 to a 47.7 margin with a tremendous turnout of 77.5% of the voters (source). Seemed like a done deal where a clear majority of the voters made their intentions clear even though the gay community were a tad disappointed. In a sane world that would have been the end to it. There is no longer a sane world. There were many demonstrations within the gay community, some bordering on the bazaar, even by California standards. Supporters of the proposition have been tormented and harassed. To show their disgruntlement and to attempt to just piss other people off, some in the gay community have decided that if they took a day off then all of those who voted for the proposition would have a change of heart and demand that another proposition be on the ballot and repeal the one that just passed. Yeah, like that will happen. I don't know if a Day Without A Gay is meant to be national or just in California. If it is national, look around where you work and check out who may not be there tomorrow. Is the person really sick?