Saturday, November 8, 2008

You disappoint me, California.

Unless you've been living under a rock (not talking to you, Osama), you've heard that California managed to help elect a reasonably liberal president and simultaneously reject the right to gay marriage, mere months after a ban was deemed unconstitutional here. What happened to our liberal bias? 61% vote for the Democratic candidate, and still, we send in 5.4 million votes in favor of Prop. 8? Even Los Angeles county, the greater home to West Hollywood, voted with a 50/50 split, leaning slightly in favor of a ban. We're flaky bastards, we Californians.


Anyway, it's for occasions like this that the great piece known as the petition exists, and whether it's for you, a friend, or a token gay uncle, consider signing one of the (many) petitions to challenge this ban. Marriage is for love, in most cases, but without the right to marriage, half of a gay couple may not have hospital visitation rights, Social Security/tax benefits or family leave from work. "Religious tradition" may apply, but plenty of heterosexual couples neglect that "til death do us part" nonsense in favor of divorce, and if an Atheist can marry, so can a gay man or woman.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

What percentage is 5.4 million?

China said...

52%

Anonymous said...

Maybe that means 9% of CA voters like Obama but hate gays.

paulie said...

But you're assuming everbody who voted for McCain also voted "YES" on PROP 8, which can't be true. Wait, can Atheists even get married???

Ken Cain said...

Who's that in the picture? Did Hugh Grant and Bob Hoskins have an illegal gay wedding?

China said...

I'm curious about the numbers and their overlap. Not everyone who voted for Obama voted no on Prop 8, and vice versa. More people favored Obama than gay marriage, but more people favored gay marriage than McCain. I don't even know that Obama doesn't support Prop 8.

I hope Atheists can get married - otherwise I've got some protesting to do!

Anonymous said...

I bet all those Republicans who voted McCain/Palin did vote no on 8. They're all a bunch of closed-minded fag-haters

China said...

Well, "yes" in theory, though I'm sure the (mostly Republican) people who oppose gay marriage actually voted "yes" on the proposition, which was for a ban. Also, I imagine the people who voted "no" don't use the term "fag."

matt said...

Are gays allowed to get married if one of them is in drag and everbody thinks he's a woman? How would anyone know? Is there a law against that?

Anonymous said...

Ah, if you look at this map of Prop 8 votes in Los Angeles county, you'll see that South Central was a major area that voted yes. So black conservatives were a group that voted for Obama but against gay marriage.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/la-2008election-lacountyprecincts,0,5863152.htmlstory

Mick foley said...

The mormans are also responsible, according to the NY Times today.

China said...

That sounds about right. Pity, too, because all gay couples are asking for is the right to marry once. Oh Mormons - selfish bastards, taking up all the chapel time.

peter the wise said...

Hey, you're right. If anyone should sympathize with people who want to have freaky marriages, youd think it'd be the mornans.

Matt said...

Uh, the other 10 tooooo