I can’t help but join in the discussion about Proposition 8′s screwing over of the gays and lesbians that had previously been granted the right to marry by a so-called “activist court.” The majority of California voters are, apparently, total assholes, but this issue should never have ended up on a ballot in the first place. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from the invasion of their rights by state law. Equal Protection, motherfuckers, have you heard of it? An initiative that seeks to strip rights from minorities is, statistically speaking, going to pass, and this is bloody wrong: “If allowed to stand, Prop. 8 so devastates the principle of equal protection that it endangers the fundamental rights of any potential electoral minority.” In other words, if a ban against gay marriage were to occur, it should have been left to elected officials, that is, the legislature, to decide. It’s fucking amazing how easily people forget that the U.S. isn’t a democracy but a republic.
L.A. Rag Mag’s Alex (shown above at one of last night’s protests) and Lynn speak out on California voters’ banning of gay marriage through the passage of Proposition 8.
West Hollywood packed with perfectly dressed protesters, shouting their message of defiance in the time of defeat, and yielding traffic over major intersections in our city. It was great and sad and encouraging all at the same time… We can hear the helicopters circling right now.
The notion of police helicopters at a Prop. 8 protest is patently absurd, but they’re only doing their job as dictated by all of those douchebag voters. MK at Popbytes adds to the discussion:
i’m so very disappointed, sad, and angry about proposition 8 (aka proposition hate) passing in the state of california which is unfortunately a huge step backward! i can’t believe that what the high courts deemed as unfair & discriminatory was allowed to be voted on by the public… finally please don’t even get me started on all the millions of dollars poured into this effort – it’s a total shame – there’s seriously many more important & pressing issues to focus on other than denying gay people the right to marry (and like marriage is so fucking sacred & lily white in this country to begin with…ugh)
Exactly. This bill was passed as a result of a $73 million campaign. Further, the majority vote who banned gay marriage is, ironically, composed of a majority who, generally speaking, can’t be bothered keep their own hetero marriages together. Celebitchy wonders if a bit of projection may be going on here:
I was really shocked that this measure passed. I was also surprised by how quiet celebrities were about it. It didn’t seem like it got any national attention until Brad Pitt donated $100,000 against the proposition. I found it so preposterous – and I thought California was so liberal – that it didn’t occur to me that it could pass… If someone feels two women getting married threatens their own marriage, then I’m sorry their marriage is so easily threatened. But no one else should be denied equality and a happy, legal marriage because of it.
Yeah, California is a very liberal state, but the passage of Proposition 8 has amazingly little to do with so-called party lines. Gabby Babble points out that a very public opposition to the discriminatory bill was declared by several CA Republicans, including former Congressman Tom Campbell, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Indeed, this is not a party issue, and, as secular as marriage is these days — hell, it’s basically a contract — gays and lesbians should not be denied this right under the Equal Protection clause. I smell an eventual Supreme Court case.