You sicken me. Seriously.
The Prop 8 campaign pulled out some of the dirtiest, most bald-faced lies I have ever seen, and you just took it as truth. Did you bother to read the Supreme Court decision that stated, specifically, that churches would not be penalized for refusing to perform gay marriages? Did you bother to see how strong an opt-out law we have in California, that states that you have every right to pull your child out of a class that teaches something that is against your religion? I’m sure you saw the “Yes on Prop 8” ad that included footage of children at their teacher’s lesbian wedding; did you bother to see the response given by the parents of those children, the one that said that they had been notified and given the choice to opt out of the field trip? That other families had chosen to opt out? Did you notice that in the time this year that gay marriage has been perfectly legal, nothing bad has happened? Don’t you think that, if the schools were going to teach gay marriage to your kids, they would’ve started this fall since it was already legal? Don’t you think that, if the churches were going to get fucked with, it would’ve already happened?
No. That’s too much work, isn’t it? It’s easier to sit back and join in the fear and the hate propagated by that campaign. It’s easier to hide behind what your religion tells you to do than to respect the faiths of others and promote equality.
I can hardly believe that 61% of voters in this state made a clear choice for positive social change in voting for Obama, and then 52% turned around and voted to include discrimination in our state constitution. Out of fear, and hate, and belief that somehow, someday gay marriage was going to have a negative effect on everybody, even though it’s had plenty of opportunities so far.
We had a chance to tell the rest of the country that separate is not equal, that discrimination does not belong in the constitution, that fear and hate cannot win over what is fair and right. The presidential election gave us hope; you Prop 8 supporters have soured that hope, and those of you who joined in have dashed it completely.
You people are cowards. You have chosen to remove the rights of millions of people. Not just deny, remove
. You have chosen to give rights to chickens, pigs, and calves, and remove them from human beings. I am deeply, truly ashamed of you, and ashamed of my state. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
I celebrated Obama’s victory last night. Today, I mourn for the gay and lesbian people in California and across the nation. The passage of Prop 8 is a horrible, costly mistake, one we will pay for with a loss of equality in this once-fair state.
LeslieEdit: Apparently, there are a whole fuck of a lot of absentee ballots that have yet to be counted, so the tally may change in the next few days. Even so, the above sentiments still apply to the staggering number of people who voted "yes" on 8.Edit #2: the SF Chronicle has called Prop 8 as having passed. It's a sad day for equality.