Obama Win Tempered By Prop 8 Passage
I’m thrilled to wake up this morning to find that the Republican nightmare of the past eight years is over with the Obama election. However, the elation is clouded by the fact that Prop 8 looks like it will pass in California by a 52% to 48% margin (they are still counting votes, but the LA Times has projected that it will pass).
As Jennifer Vanasco, editor-in-chief of the 365gay.com news site, wrote: “It worries me that people who overwhelmingly wanted “change”- i.e., voted for Obama – don’t think that this change should include full civil rights for gays and lesbians.”
I’m sad for our California friends who so happily got married over the past 4 1/2 months. According to the LA Times, some 18,000 same-sex couples have been married. Can you imagine being married one day and then having a popular vote tell you that you’re not? It sounds like bad reality TV doesn’t it? It’s unclear what happens to these 18,000 marriages, but it is reprehensible that Californians decided to revoke such a basic right.