Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Blood is in the Water

Why was my reaction yesterday to the election framed in terms of yes, Obama won, but whatever, so did the amendments instead of well, the amendments passed, but whatever, Obama won? This is why (go to Pam's House Blend for additional discussion).
Thus far, 30 states have outlawed homosexual "marriages" by an average close to 70% approval by voters through amendments to the state constitutions. In addition, the voters in Arkansas yesterday approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents. It will be the goal of Christian Coalition to ensure that the other 20 states adopt similar amendments banning homosexual "marriages" including the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut which also had two judicial decisions, by one vote margins, legalizing these abominations.

Because it's open season on people like me, and while others have patted our hands and said oh, your time will come or well, at least it only passed by five points this time instead of twenty like last time, the states are falling one by one. A coalition led by the Mormons and the Catholics poured over $74 million into supporting the California amendment. Now the self-titled "Christian" Coalition promises to throw itself not into feeding the hungry or sheltering the homeless but denying full civil rights to... well, I was going to say to people like me. But they don't really see me that way. They want to deny full civil rights to abominations like me, and as Arizona has demonstrated, they will not stop until they succeed. If an amendment fails, they will tweak the language and bring it back for the next election and the next and the next until they find the right combination of legislators to get it out of committee and onto the ballot and the precise words that give straight voters the opportunity to smack down the gays with a clear conscience.

Go to any newspaper you want and read the online comments that follow stories about California or Arizona or Florida. See how many people are proud to proclaim their support for discrimination because of their religion, or because they're grossed out by the sex they're imagining, or because of their misapprehensions of history. See how many people were so eager to pass judgment and sentence on couples they do not know, who have not impacted their own lives a whit. See how many gleefully await the inevitable lawsuits only because they're certain the suits will fail and then they get to laugh at the gays losing all over again.

It's open fucking season on us. They don't care that the margin of victory was narrower this time. They only care that they've won, that they've continued to win, and that the stain of bigotry and discrimination will continue to march inexorably across the map.


Anonymous said...

Let me talk you down, boltgirl. Gay rights will never be granted by voters. Simple fact. Minorities have always been picked on in this country. Just remember that when our future presidents parents married- way back when--- their marriage would not have been recognized in 16 states!!! Take it from a lesbian that is commitment ceromonied, domestic partnered, california married (or maybe not), co-mother of a 6 month old - this will be decided at the US supreme court level. This is a question of justice- and i do believe (fingers crossed) Barack will appoint the right judges. Take a deep breath- and just ignore the bigots. Baracks mom did. And look where he is now.

truth said...

From the People's Republic of Massachusetts: I doubt that same sex marriage will ever make it on the ballot in Massachusetts, as our legislature became even more liberal and Democratic after Tuesday's elections. And even if it did, I'm pretty sure that the voters would approve it because after five years it's entirely uncontroversial. Mitt Romney tried to make hay out of gay marriage in 2004 when he recruited a bunch of anti-marriage zealots to run for state and federal office. Every one of his Mittwits lost.

Massachusetts still has the lowest divorce rate in the United States. Straight people don't feel threatened. Most straight people don't feel anything about gay marriage except that it's fair to treat people equally, and that we shouldn't put civil rights on the ballot.

Take heart, boltgirl, change is coming.

Anonymous said...

Gay activists should have informed us better. Several articles in the mainstream media were predicting that Prop 8 was likely to pass because the massive amount of African American voters (there for Obama) would be just what was needed to clinch it. The results could have been a lot different if all the gay men and lesbians in CA (all the ones who didn't even vote)had known as much. This is a good lesson for the future. Political correctness never gets the same results as giving people the cold hard facts.