Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Sour Note

I should be happy. Obama won. Proposition 1A (High Speed Rail down-payment bond) passed after initially being shown as behind in early returns -- probably because the early returns were disproportionately from the parts of the state that realistically will never be served by the train. Friends of mine from around the world are celebrating the repudiation of the insanity of the past eight years. But I'm not happy.

Proposition 8 (ban same-sex marriage by writing discrimination into the state constitution) passed, albeit by a smaller margin than it was showing initially, and by a considerably smaller margin than by which its previous statutory incarnation, Proposition 22, passed some years ago. This suggests that even with vast sums of conservative religious (not just Mormon) money flowing in to this race, that it's getting more difficult for the electorate to bring itself to actively discriminate against same-sex couples. But we're not there yet, and now my home state, which I've always hoped would be a model of progressive thought, has taken a giant step backwards. Yes, it doesn't directly affect me, but it affects friends of mine, and it makes California a less-nice place, and it says that a majority of California voters are prepared to vote for a blatantly discriminatory proposal.

The angry, bitter part of me would like to launch a new campaign to write more discrimination into the state constitution. Return of anti-miscegenation laws, anybody? Possibly doing it in such and obvious and blatant manner would let the people who were on the edge of supporting Prop 8 -- you'll probably never convince the core -- could actually see what a hateful thing they've done. It wouldn't work, of course -- even if passed, it would be unconstitutional at the federal level, which trumps state constitutions -- even if there are a bitter core of people who think that Separate But Equal was a Darn Good Idea with the black folks, too, and it's a shame we didn't keep the uppity n****** in their place.

Here's a thought that's a little Out There: If the Mormon Church can flex its political muscle sufficiently to get this sort of thing passed in California, which is on the edge of its power base, is there any reason they can't work on changing Utah's constitution to give them what many of them surely want in the way of marriage? Yes, abandoning polygamy was the price of admission as a state, but just as state's can't legally secede, the USA can't legally un-admit a state, either.

I said some days ago that if the price of killing 8 was to lose 1A as well, I'd take the bargain. I wish I could do so now. I only hope that the narrowness of 8's passage means that we won't have to wait that long for the next round that will remove it, although it's surely going to be difficult and expensive (again).
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