Not to be a buzz-kill, but…

Shaun Jacob Halper at the Huffingtonpost verbalizes what I've been feeling for two days now.

"Sorry to be the buzz-kill at the liberal victory-party, but this election has been a historic nightmare for millions of gay Americans. In Florida, Arizona, and California propositions have been passed to amend state constitutions, permanently enshrining second-class citizenship into law. America has taken a tremendous step backward — actively revoking rights granted to citizens by state constitutions — though you'd never know it from most of the punditry and pontificating. Drunk on Obama victory, commentators are busy idealizing the American electorate, waxing rhapsodic about the inherent goodness of the American spirit, the progress it has made, and its tolerant essence." [HuffPo]

The whole article is pretty good.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mariser
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 16:46:00

    not a buzzkillyou are correctsad to saywe are, for the first time in our history, taking rights backI am fearful. more fearful that I've ever been.

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  2. lightandstorm
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 16:58:00

    Yeah, I could only really truly enjoy Obama's victory for that evening…until the results started coming in for Prop 8. It sucks, but something will be done. It has to be. I don't believe we'll stand for this sort of injustice for long.

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  3. Lucy
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 06:31:00

    It's true Timmy. I was talking about prop 8 passing in California and got a real sour comment from someone to the effect of why can't I be happy about Obama's victory. I am happy, but not ready to ignore what happened on election day when my fellow Americans were denied certain inalienable rights.Lucy

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  4. Lucy
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 06:32:00

    I will continue to harsh the mellow on this one.

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  5. Timmy!
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 07:49:00

    This is not a proposition. This is an amendment. The threshold for rolling this back is incredibly high and believe me, it simply is not going to happen. This one is here to stay until we pass another amendment giving us the right to marry. We need to do some serious outreach and bridge building to the African American community. We need a lot more friends there, because they are the ones who turned out on Tuesday and fucked us harder than anyone else. We also should consider punishing the Mormon Church in this state. However, I'm not sure how we can do that in any meaningful way – they own the Marriot Hotel, half of Vegas and lots of other businesses. They truly are an empire and I sincerely doubt anything we do would be more than an annoyance – like holding signs out in front of their churches. A nice gesture, but useless.

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  6. lightandstorm
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 08:24:00

    Maybe you can point out their strong background in defining marriage as between one man and…one woman. ;)Yeah, I know it will be hard to overturn this, but we have to do whatever possible. I'm proud of Newsom for standing up so strongly for what is right, and I hope he continues to do so and helps us figure out a way out of this.Also, I think it's a little ridiculous that we can approve changes to our *constitution* by a simple majority. In races where it is as close as this one…how can we really change something so basic and fundamental to our state? Of course, let's not change that rule now that this is passed. We need it how it is to be able to change things next time.Lame.

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  7. Patty
    Nov 08, 2008 @ 14:27:00

    Have you seen the Dishonor Roll? A list of Prop 8 donors?
    I really don't think this is going to stand. At least I hope not.

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