Last week was really a turning point for our country. We elected the first African-American President, and it seems as if our country is heading in a new, positive direction.
Then Proposition 8 passed…or as people have called it, Proposition H8.
This past weekend, my friend Jennifer introduced me to her wife, Beth. Inevitably, the talk turned to Proposition 8 and their (and my) confusion as to what the passing of the proposition means? Is their marriage legal? For how long? What’s going to happen? What should they do? etc., etc., etc.
I can’t begin to understand why anyone would vote yes on Proposition 8. It is so hateful and discriminatory. I just don’t get it. So I did what I always do, search the internet for any glimmer of hope. I found a few that I thought I should share.
LGBT Advocates in Utah are taking the Church of the Latter Day Saints at their word. State Senator Scott McCoy and two lesbian colleagues — with the help of Equality Utah — plan to introduce legislation in Utah in January that will codify other rights afforded to LGBT individuals in California that the LDS swore it supported. Good for them!
Anti-discrimination groups and bar associations are sending letters to the court contending that the initiative, which bans gay marriage, is a sweeping revision of the state Constitution, not an amendment. They are joined by 44 state legislators and are calling on the California Supreme Court to overturn the anti-gay marriage initiative.
Even the Governator expressed hope that the California Supreme Court would overturn Proposition 8. He also predicted that the 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who have already wed would not see their marriages nullified by the initiative.
“It’s unfortunate, obviously, but it’s not the end,” Schwarzenegger said.
So, I’m hopeful. I’m hopeful that this hateful anti-gay marriage initiative will get overturned by the California Supreme Court. But if it doesn’t, I’m hopeful that in the very near future, people like my friend Jennifer won’t require the “authorization” or “approval” of the short-sighted, hate-filled, 52% of Californians, who say they have “nothing against homosexuals”, yet voted “yes” on this initiative.
Jon Stewart had some interesting things to say about this topic. But I think Keith Olbermann said it best…
Ok, this is an open thread. What’s going on with you?