Proposition 8 Protesters Target Wrong Groups.

11-09-08

So Proposition 8 passes in California and the gay folks and their supporters blow a gasket. The question is, why? They must have known it was coming as Californians have shot this gay marriage stuff down every time it comes up for a vote. This latest attempt to force the government of that state to listen to the will of the people is actually a state constitutional amendment and reads, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The last time the California citizens said no to gay marriage their wishes were overturned by the state Supreme Court hence the amendment route this time.

Check out the map for a visual of how the counties voted for the Prop 8 amendment. Green=Yes.

Both sides of the issue spent roughly the same amount of money trying to convince voters to see the issue from their respective perspectives and there were complaints about competing advertisements coming from both camps but I think this one from the “No folks” was just a bit over the top:

Our political process allows everyone to present their best effort to win over the people and if one side fails to make the case they simply have to try harder next time. Why is that such a difficult concept for the people coming from the liberal end of the political spectrum to understand?

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Now we have large groups of pissed off gay people and their buddies marching all over the place in protest, most of it directed at the Mormon Church. From what I gather the gay folks are mad at the church because they claim the Mormons were behind a big chunk of the funding for the “Yes on 8” campaign. Well from what I can see there must have been some mighty large benefactors for the “No on 8” push because they spent nearly two million dollars more than the “Yes” folks attempting to defeat the measure. In total over seventy three million bucks was blown on this thing. Damn.

I guess I’m a little fuzzy on this claim that the gay folks are seeking “equal rights” with non-gay people. The way I see it we all have the very same rights–I cannot marry another male and neither can a gay guy. I am free to marry any female that will have me and so is every gay guy. The same goes for the ladies of course. So just what is unequal? The attraction to the same sex perhaps? Can’t legislate that I suppose.

Unmarried males and females that live together are not legally viewed the same as married couples. People of the same sex that live together as friends are not legally viewed the same as married couples either yet I don’t see these folks marching in the streets screaming their lungs out for equality.

I guess what kind of bugs me about all of this is how certain groups of people that demand special treatment have no problem with restricting the rights of everyone else when it comes to something they don’t support. The same people that vociferously rail against such terrible and harmful things as kids praying before a football game think it’s just fine for kids to “change their school” to be more accommodating to and understanding of gay students. Something ain’t right here.

Another thing that is just a bit whack about these protesters is their reluctance to confront the specific groups that turned out in droves to vote in favor of the amendment, blacks and Hispanics.

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 6 – Any notion that Tuesday’s election represented a liberal juggernaut must overcome a detail from the voting booths of California: The same voters who turned out strongest for Barack Obama also drove a stake through the heart of same-sex marriage.

Seven in 10 African Americans who went to the polls voted yes on Proposition 8, the ballot measure overruling a state Supreme Court judgment that legalized same-sex marriage and brought 18,000 gay and lesbian couples to Golden State courthouses in the past six months.

Similar measures passed easily in Florida and Arizona. It was closer in California, but no ethnic group anywhere rejected the sanctioning of same-sex unions as emphatically as the state’s black voters, according to exit polls. Fifty-three percent of Latinos also backed Proposition 8, overcoming the bare majority of white Californians who voted to let the court ruling stand.

The outcome that placed two pillars of the Democratic coalition — minorities and gays — at opposite ends of an emotional issue sparked street protests in Los Angeles and a candlelight vigil in San Francisco. To gay rights advocates, the issue was one of civil rights. Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. reworded the ballot language to state that a yes vote was a vote to “eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry.”

That appeal ran head-on into a well-funded and well-framed advertising campaign in favor of the ban — and the deeply ingrained religious beliefs of an African American community that largely declined to see the issue through a prism of equality.

“I think it’s mainly because of the way we were brought up in the church; we don’t agree with it,” said Jasmine Jones, 25, who is black. “I’m not really the type that I wanted to stop people’s rights. But I still have my beliefs, and if I can vote my beliefs that’s what I’m going to do.

“God doesn’t approve it, so I don’t approve it. And I approve of Him.”

The overwhelming rejection of same-sex marriage by black voters was surprising and disappointing to gay rights advocates who had hoped that African Americans would empathize with their struggle.

But, Proposition 8 promoters worked closely with Black churches across the state, encouraging ministers to deliver sermons in favor of the ban.

“What the church does is give that perspective that this is a sacred issue as well as a social issue,” said Derek McCoy, African-American outreach director for the Protect Marriage Campaign. “The reason I feel they came out so strong on the issue is one, for them, it’s not a civil-rights issue, it’s a marriage issue. It’s about marriage being between a man and a woman, and it doesn’t cut into the civil-rights issue, about equality.”

Black residents agreed with that reasoning in interviews at a Culver City mall on Thursday.

But Kesha Young, 32, called religious arguments a cover for persistent prejudices rooted elsewhere.

“Fifty-three percent of Latinos also backed Proposition 8, overcoming the bare majority of white Californians who voted to let the court ruling stand.”

So, what do we have here. Misplaced anger or a group of rabble rousing sore losers taking the safe and easy route with their tantrum? We all know it’s acceptable in this country to rail against the primarily white churches with little to fear in the way of repercussions so they are obviously playing it safe. It seems to me if these people are truly all that upset about the outcome of the vote they should take it up with the people that are at the root of their anguish, no?

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