As many that followed more than just the presidential election results on November 4th knows, three states in the US (most particularly California) also had Proposition 8 on its ballots that day. This proposition allowed for voting on the legality of same-sex marriage. It passed, banning homosexual marriage. This was a actually quite a bit of a shock, prompting the media to ask “Is Gay the new Black?”. Apparently, a larger voter turnout of the elderly, the devout religious and african americans for such a historically important presidential race allowed for a stronger proponent of people voting FOR Prop 8.
How sad is that. A time when people around the world are celebrating the shattering of barriers and professing hope that perhaps equality for all is possible, we are confronted with the inescapable fact that humans inherently need to hold others back, no matter their own situation. Harsh? Perhaps but no less true in my opinion. I have yet to understand why same-sex marriage or indeed same-sex lifestyles are so… threatening to some. Especially the religious. Case in point, of the millions of dollars spend on advertizing for the ban, 1 in every fourth dollar was spend by the Mormons – yes, those who tout pologamy as a more than acceptable lifestyle… or as Jon Stewart said “Of course, ’cause Mormons believe that marriage is between a man and a…um…”.
African americans have apparently gotten a bit of the shaft in the US, being blamed by many for being the proverbial straw. How true that is, I can’t say, especially considering that the african americans only account for 10% of the Californian population and Prop 8 passed with 69% in that state. It can’t, however, be argued that they didn’t have a part in this as more than two-thirds of all african americans voted for Prop 8
“I was born black. I can’t change that,” said Culver City resident Bilson Davis, 57, who voted for Proposition 8. “They weren’t born gay; they chose it,” he added, reflecting a commonly held belief that many researchers dispute.
Sigh… just, sigh. Look, discrimination is discrimination, no matter what coat it wears and it is all wrong. We made a huge step a couple of weeks ago. Couldn’t we continue walking forward??