Although the world is still celebrating the election of Barack Obama, the pain, bitterness and anger among gays and lesbians is palpable. The demonstrations in California against the passage of Proposition 8, which states that ''Only marriage between a man and woman is valid or recognized,'' continue. Last night, The Daily Show led with the story. It was all over the cable channels yesterday and again today.
And it was the subject of my treeware column. Here are some excerpts:
And now, another page from the "gay agenda."
You know what I'm talking about: The homosexual conspiracy that will force priests to perform gay marriages against Biblical laws, insert gay teachings into public school curricula, farm out foster children to pedophiles, destroy traditional families, and lead to legal polygamy and bestiality, incest and child marriages.
That "gay agenda."
This was the sort of hate speech used by supporters of California's Proposition 8, the ballot measure that stated "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized." It passed on Tuesday with 52.5 per cent of the vote.
A couple million absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be counted but they're not expected to change the outcome.
Religious ''freedom'' has been a big part of the debate, although why some people's God should be shoved in other people's faces, especially when there's supposed to be ''freedom of religion,'' is one of those social conservative paradoxes that always confound me.
There's a barf alert on this video:
One bone of contention is the involvement of Utah's Mormons -- and the tens of millions they have contributed in the fight to pass Prop 8 -- in this dispute.
I personally know of a half-dozen same-sex marriages, which are legal in Canada. I've seen the toddlers and the strollers at Gay Pride parades. I can't see how children in those families are any worse off than those in "normal" families. I can't see how their same-sex parents take anything away from Mr. and Mississauga.
But make no mistake, hate crimes against gays still happen, even in the Great Pink North. In September, one man was viciously attacked, his jaw broken, in a Vancouver park. Last month, the FBI reported that hate crimes against gays are up in the U.S.
Whether the "H8 measure," as some call it, will stick remains to be seen.
In June, the California Supreme Court struck down a previous ban on gay marriage. Already three lawsuits are asking that the court overturn the proposition, with two seeking to prevent it from taking effect until its legality is settled.
As I have noted elsewhere, the passage of Proposition 8 is attributed to the large turnout of minority voters.
Ironic, because a little more than a generation ago, unions between blacks and whites were illegal in most of the U.S. What's more, president-elect Barack Obama's parents were a mixed-race couple who married in Hawaii where "racial purity" was a non-issue.
You'd think the African-American voters of California would remember those ugly miscegenation laws which were not only relics of the slave era, but also said to be God's will.
In fact, the same people who would go on to rail against gays today used to preach against mixed marriages. Come on down Jerry Falwell, who predicted that such unions would "destroy our (white) race." He was also the guy who, two days after 9/11, went on Pat Robertson's 700 Club and blamed, among others, the "gays and the lesbians" for the terrorist attacks.
But today, the "white race" is still alive and well, and as powerful as ever.
As for the gay agenda's destruction of traditional marriage, just look around. Traditional marriage has been committing suicide without any help from anybody.
For that, of course, you can always blame the feminazis.
UPPITY DATE: Ooooo, I do like this:
The right of people (of any and every gender...and number) to marry, free of government preference or censure, free of state interference, is based on an ultimately individualist position: the individual right to choose the structure of one's own consensual relationships.
LATER THE SAME DATE: Here's a piece that explores why African-Americans supported Prop 8 in such numbers:
Obama indeed does not favor gay marriage, as he said during the primary, but he also came out emphatically against Prop 8, as a late TV ad by the No on 8 campaign emphasized. Mainstream outlets like the Los Angeles Times meticulously countered the other lies as well, but too little, too late. They had taken root in many communities of color, and once lodged, proved difficult to dislodge.
This was always the intent of the Yes on 8 campaign. For years, the California Christian-right apparatus, long hampered by nativism and racism, had been unable to make inroads into the state's brown, yellow and black populations--a demographic gold mine in a state that is more than 50 percent minority and growing. Prop 8 may prove to be their gold rush. From the beginning they bought up ad space in Chinese, black, Spanish and Korean media; they hosted massive rallies for ethnic Christians. The Sunday before election day, I went to Los Angeles City Hall for the most celebratory, most diverse rally I have ever attended; it was organized by Yes on 8 Chinese advocates.
But it's only in an organizing vacuum that bald lies and racial pandering find room to thrive. Gay activists, by most accounts, were simply outmaneuvered.
THIS JUST IN DATE: Think Progress has a wealth of information.
And here's a piece saying it's not fair to blame African-Americans.