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Congratulations, America…

Posted by Andy Welfle on November 5, 2008

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We’re taking a step in the right correct direction. Now, with a left-leaning house, a left-leaning Senate, and a left-leaning President, maybe those who are different from the midde-class, white, heterosexual Christians will get a chance to shine, or even live their life the way they want to.

We still have a long way to go. As of 10:30 AM on November 5th, CNN is predicting that California’s Proposition 8 will be passed (It’s 52% to 48% with 95% precints reporting), effectively taking away the already exisiting rights of same-sex couples to get married. As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pointed out last night, Californians have already had the chance to see same-sex marriages, and this didn’t affect the general population adversely in any way, but they’re still going to yank it out from underneath them. The same goes for Arizona’s Proposition 102 and Florida’s Amendment 2, denying same-sex couples any legal recognition of their relationships. Likewise, shame on you, Arkansas, for denying gay couples the right to adopt a child.

So celebrate our new president, celebrate the fact that Indiana seems to have gone blue, but then throw away the champagne bottles and realize that we have a lot of work to do to ensure that everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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4 Responses to “Congratulations, America…”

  1. I am so disheartened by the passing of anti-gay legislation. When MSNBC officially “project” Obama as a president, man, I was freaking out, checking Fox to make sure they were saying the same. But while awaiting his speech, the Prop 8 results began to roll in…it hurt it was so disappointing. To be able to take such a step forward and such a step back. I do hope that at the very least, that as this proposition took an existing right away, that a lawsuit over gay marriage will finally be propelled into the Supreme Court.

  2. neuralgourmet said

    Agreed. Disheartening is putting it mildly. Because of the overwhelming electoral vote win, it looks like the U.S. has just handed Obama a huge progressive mandate on a plate. The reality is not so golden however. In fact, it’s pretty much a mixed bag. There were many regressive ballot initiatives in a variety of states that passed (along with a couple nice ones — way to go Michigan and Massachusetts!). Also, in many of the states where Obama did win, such as Indiana, it was by a very narrow margin of the popular vote. This is far from a mandate. Rather it was more reflective of people everywhere being fed up with the moronic and criminally negligent economic policies of the current administration. It wasn’t so much a vote for Obama as a vote against the corrupt Republican Party. But come January, the Democrats will have the powerin both the executive and legislative branches and hopefully they’ll put that power to good use instead of squandering it as they’ve done in times past. There is much work to do.

  3. I have a strong feeling the only way for teh gays to be treated as fully equal citizens is to do what we have had to do in the past, pass a Federal Constitutional Amendment or Federal legislation such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    For those who staunchly support States’ Rights, this process is akin to shooting oneself in the foot. On the one hand those who support the right of states to ban Gays from equal rights are forcing the hand of the Federal government to further remove the rights of states in order to protect it’s citizens.

  4. Butter said

    Skeptigator:

    If the right of states that’s under consideration here is their “right” to deny equal protection of the law and hinder full participation in civil society for an identifiable minority, then they should be denied that right. What need do they have of it that’s consonant with the idea of a pluralistic republic?

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