Yesterday the Californian people voted for change when 61% of them gave their votes to Obama. But they also voted against change when they passed Proposition 8. It seems 52% of Californian voters could not find it in their hearts to say no to a constitutional amendment that would say to some of their fellow citizens “you are not good enough to share the same rights and privileges that I have”.
I had hoped.
I had hoped that logic and compassion would prevail.
I had hoped that the bigotry and hatred of the Yes on 8 campaign would be seen for what it was and rejected by the voters in California.
I had hoped because where the US leads Australia often follows and the rejection of Proposition 8 would have been a strong step in the right direction.
I had hoped but when I saw the results coming in that hope was replaced by a feeling of deep sadness.
To everyone who is affected by the passing of Prop 8, I am so sorry.
California Proposition 8:
Ban on Gay Marriage
This measure would amend the state constitution to specify that only marriages between one man and one woman would be recognized as valid in the state. If passed, the measure would trump a May 2008 ruling by the California Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriage.