“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” — George Santayana
A citizen or class of citizens may not be granted privileges or immunities not granted on the same terms to all citizens. — Article I, Section 7(b) of the California Constitution
Yes, I realize that the Mormons and the god-botherers were the main folks behind Proposition 8. But it’s especially disheartening to hear that black voters favored Prop 8 by a 70 to 30 margin.
It was just 40 years ago that the Supreme Court ended race-based legal restrictions on marriage in Loving v. Virginia. Yet African-American voters in California are for the most part happy to support the reintroduction of legal restrictions on marriage.
And the passage of proposition 8 sets a precedent – namely that rights granted to all citizens by the state Constitution may be taken away from a specific group or class of citizens with a simple majority vote.
Darryl Scott, a 46-year-old father from Patterson, voted for Obama and yes on Proposition 8. Scott said he has no hatred for gays but was raised to believe marriage is between a man and woman.
“People should do what they want to do, but it shouldn’t be forced on others,” said Scott, who is black.
You know what, Mr. Scott? You and I agree 100% – people should do what they want to do and it shouldn’t be forced on others. Yet you voted to prevent gay men and lesbians from marrying if they want to – and the existence of same-sex marriage doesn’t force you or anyone else to do anything.
Proponents of this discriminatory law say that they have nothing against the gay “lifestyle”, that this is about maintaining “traditional” marriage and “protecting children” (vomit). But it’s about none of these things – it’s about people who hate homosexuals and want to pass laws to ensure that gay men and lesbians are treated differently under the law.
This type of hatred is in many ways more insidious than the Fred Phelps-style, with his “God Hates Fags” signs… He’s clearly a horrible bigot – but he certainly doesn’t try to hide this fact… I’m sick of hearing prop 8 supporters trying to spin their support into something other than what it is: passing laws and changing the Constitution specifically to discriminate against gay men and lesbians.