Prop. 8

Okay, I can’t let go of this constitutional amendment declaring some people unequal. Thankfully, neither can the rest of the No on 8 people.

So, historically, in a democracy such as ours, people vote for representatives and for laws. But there is a check on the hateful, ignorant, or misguided attempts of one group to hurt another. When the people enact a law that goes against the principles of the Constitution, the judiciary backs us up and makes us take back the law and start over again.

So the people pass a law. The Supreme Court says, um, you can’t do that. It’s not constitutional. And the people are supposed to say, damn. I wish I could have it my way, but I respect the constitution. But now, in the era of executive dictatorship, the people write a Constitutional Amendment to make their unConstitutional law into an unchecked and unassailable law?

There was a time that Americans wrote laws saying it wasn’t okay for blacks to marry whites. And the Supreme Court said, um, you can’t do that because all people are equal.

And we are.

So now people write laws saying one man can’t marry another man and one woman can’t marry another woman. And the Supreme Court said, um, you can’t do that because all people are equal. And instead of saying, aw shucks, it sucks to live in a country where all people are equal but I guess I’ll have to, people then write a Constitutional Amendment and say all people are equal except people who love similarly gendered people?

How did 52% of Californians say that people aren’t equal if I don’t like who they are?

How did 52% of Californians say, if this law is un-Constitutional, let’s change the Constitution?

Some Americans used to say that blacks were not equal and shouldn’t have equal rights, and they were wrong. And now they say it about gays, and they’re wrong again.

Know what totally sucks? By percentages, in California it was overwhelmingly African Americans who voted that some people aren’t equal and shouldn’t get to marry.

That’s at least Alanis Morisette ironic, even if not literary ironic.

I mean, it’s not surprising that the Church is willing to be on the wrong side of a civil rights issue again. Religion has been the excuse for oppressing women and for enslaving human beings. So I’m not shocked that the church groups are pouring their tithed dollars into making their rules seem like the only rules that are acceptable. But African Americans turning around after having the civil right to marry whomever they want, and take that away from another group? Tsk tsk, Californians. Tsk tsk.

Don’t hold your breath on your high horse, there, Utah. We’ll undo this miscarriage of justice soon.

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4 thoughts on “Prop. 8

  1. omg, I know!! It’s ridiculous. Of course, I do think the no on prop 8 people should have been working harder, like putting out those moving “race related” ads out sooner. Some one needs to tell those yes people that the gays aren’t going to convert children and gays won’t marry in the anti-gay churches (who would want to?). It’s all so frustrating. But yea for CT!

  2. Faemom–I completely agree. I hear the No people are kicking themselves for taking the early lead for granted. Yes on 8 was very well funded, mostly by Utah Churches, and they did BRILLIANT campaigning. If the No people were smart, their signs, early on, would say “No on 8; say no to religious intolerance.” and “No on 8; equality is a family value” and “No on 8; don’t amend the consitution” and on and on.

    The Yes on 8 people tried to give my son a balloon at a farmer’s market, and I almost cried. I told him very calmly that we couldn’t carry that balloon because it says something not nice. He wanted to know what it said. I said it says that some people are not the same as other people, and it’s not nice to make people feel badly about who they are. And then I cried. I don’t want him living in a hateful world. Why didn’t the No o 8 people have balloons? This is as much about including all kinds of families, and progressive families, whatever their makeup, like balloons. Plus, duh, marketing 101, balloons are easier to see over a crowd than buttons. Geezus. Can we have a do-over in the next election? With giant No on 8 foam fingers?

  3. I totally agree with you. I am almost felt it was theirs to lose, but I do agree that we shouldn’t be able to change the consitution that EASILY. Come on, what’s next? Do you think I could get a simple majority to change the consitution to make everyone where red, white and/or blue on every friday?

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