Nov 06, 2008

Yes We Can! Unless We're Gay.

Tuesday was an amazing day for all Americans as we elected a president who promises to bring change to America. And do we ever need it! Especially those of us in the LGBT community, who did not fare so well on election day.

My last post described four anti-gay measures on the ballot in California, Arizona, Florida, and Arkansas. All four of them passed. Voters in California approved Proposition 8, which amends the California Constitution to provide that marriage is only between a man and a woman, by a slim but firm margin. This was a devastating result for a state that has actually been performing same-sex marriages for nearly five months following a state Supreme Court decision striking down the same discriminatory law that is now enshrined in the state Constitution. Ouch.

Arizona voters approved Proposition 102, and in Florida, Amendment 2 was passed by 62% of voters -- both are also constitutional amendments to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

The only good news is that Connecticut voters rejected a proposed constitutional convention that would have allowed changes to the state constitution by popular vote (exactly what happened in California). 

Two down, forty-eight to go.  

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