Even As Obama Wins, Civil Rights Falter
I am exhausted and elated this morning after Obama's amazing victory last night. Didn't get to bed until 3 a.m. because I was on the phone with friends on the West Coast trying to keep up with Proposition 8, the measure to ban gay marriage in California. At this posting, the ban was winning 52 percent to 48 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times. If it passes, 18,000 people who have wed over the last four and a half months will instantly be unwed. This measure strips people of their civil rights.
Some of my friends and fellow bloggers -- C. Dale and his husband Jacob and Kate Evans and her wife Annie -- are still holding out hope. And so am I. It is staggering to me how much hate and ignorance still resides in this country. We now have an African American in the White House, but the GLBT community are still second class citizens. As C. Dale suggests on his blog this morning, the Mormon Church should be stripped of its tax exempt status for giving $22 million to secure the ban. Any organized religion or group that works to strip humans of their civil rights should be disbanded and dismantled.
Two more states -- Florida and Arizona -- wrote discrimination into their constitutions last night by passing amendments banning gay marriage. It's a historic morning, but there are still so many waiting for this country to wake up and recognize other peoples' rights and histories.
UPDATE: Proposition 8 has been approved by voters. This is a tragedy for civil and gay rights in this country. LA Times is reporting that 95 percent of the vote is in and it won 52.1 to 47.9 percent. I hope there is money left to take this back to the courts and fight for those 18,000 married couples who will have their marriages annulled.