My stomach has been tied up in knots for the past week or so, anticipating last night’s election. I was sure it was going to be somehow stolen again, and I kept my hopes from getting too high so that I wouldn’t feel like I did 4 years ago.
Oh, but the presidential results were so much better than I dared imagine! I am so proud to be an American today, and I haven’t felt that way in quite some time.
However, my excitement was dampened when I saw the results of a regressive, religiously slanted California proposition I felt very strongly against: Prop 8 seems to have passed, eliminating the right for gay couples to marry. Eliminating the right. Regardless on how you feel about marriage or same sex marriage Prop 8 is simply wrong.
I felt the pro Prop 8 television ads were extremely misleading, and as proof of that, last night one friend said, “it’s just about education of gay rights to marriage, isn’t it?” No, this proposition is about so much more, and is in my opinion a clear violation of separation of church and state. This proposition turns a sector of our population into second class citizens here in California.
I think the passage of this proposition into law is a clear indication that the campaign for Human Rights and Civil Rights does not end with the landslide victory of America’s first African American president.