05 November 2008

Next Time.....

Ellen and Portia, all for nothing.... so sad for the thousands upon thousands of people who have already been married in California. Imagine if it was you and your marriage was suddenly made null and void. I can only imagine how awful they all must feel. I'm sure a million tears have been shed.

Huffington Post-

California Gay Marriage Banned As Prop 8 Passes

LOS ANGELES - In an election otherwise full of liberal triumphs, the gay rights movement suffered a stunning defeat as California voters approved a ban on same-sex marriages that overrides a recent court decision legalizing them.

The constitutional amendment -- widely seen as the most momentous of the nation's 153 ballot measures -- will limit marriage to heterosexual couples, the first time such a vote has taken place in a state where gay unions are legal.

Gay-rights activists had a rough election elsewhere as well. Ban-gay-marriage amendments were approved in Arizona and Florida, and Arkansas voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents. Supporters made clear that gays and lesbians were their main target.

In California, with 95 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday, the ban had 5,125,752 votes, or 52 percent, while there were 4,725,313 votes, or 48 percent, opposed.

Similar bans had prevailed in 27 states before Tuesday's elections, but none were in California's situation -- with about 18,000 gay couples married since a state Supreme Court ruling in May. The state attorney general, Jerry Brown, has said those marriages will remain valid, although legal challenges are possible.

Spending for and against the amendment reached $74 million, making it the most expensive social-issues campaign in U.S. history and the most expensive campaign this year outside the race for the White House.

Elsewhere, voters in Colorado and South Dakota rejected measures that could have led to sweeping bans of abortion, and Washington became only the second state -- after Oregon -- to offer terminally ill people the option of physician-assisted suicide.

A first-of-its-kind measure in Colorado, which was defeated soundly, would have defined life as beginning at conception. Its opponents said the proposal could lead to the outlawing of some types of birth control as well as abortion.

Gay unions are still legal in California peeps. But the word 'marriage' is something the right winger and the evangelicals.... and the Mormons do not want gays and lesbians to use when describing their own unions. Prop 8 was funded for the most part by Mormons. And you know those tricky Mormons.... marriage is between one man and... many woman.
Now THAT'S fucked up!

As you all know now, gay marriage is VERY legal in Canada.
M and I will be married in April.
And for me personally, it's a dream that I never thought would come true.
Everyday here, gays and lesbians get married with freedom and a sense of what's right, decent and proper.
Religion has nothing to do with this debate.
But fear does.
It's all about fear.

I think many gays and lesbians are going to have to surrender the actual word 'marriage' and come up with our own word to describe it.
Because I'm not sure how much more heartache they can take.

Thank God Barack Obama was elected.
It's not a total wipe out.
It's very sad about the Prop8, but one day it will be normal and accepted for Gays and Lesbians to marry each other.
It's just a matter of time.

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