Glad Tidings 2: Prop. 8, the Doomed Last Gasp of Hate

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It was something else again, wasn’t it, that Last Gasp of Hate? It was the GOP’s last stand in California, it was the Mormon Church’s big play for political relevance, and it was tragic to see it succeed even if only temporarily – a bare majority of voters in such a progressive state, amending their own Constitution to actually TAKE away rights from a popular minority.

But, like all things based on lies, distortions and misconceptions, this victory is proving a castle built on sand.   A new Pew Poll shows that 8% of folks who had voted Yes on 8 have already changed their minds about it, meaning that it would fail now by about the same margin it succeeded four weeks ago.  And 59% of all respondents believe that the same-sex marriages that have taken place here since May should remain valid – certainly counter to the intent of Prop 8.

Maybe Art and I were wrong about the protests being counter-productive Mulligan demands, maybe they ARE educating people and changing minds.  We certainly didn’t manage to educate folks before the election, between the inept No on 8 leadership and the nonstop barrage of malevolent falsehoods spewing on a daily basis from Schubert-Flint.  But when people know the truth, their support just slips away like the morning dew.  Especially when they’re disabused of this particular common misconception:

NO, gays in civil unions (or domestic partnerships) do NOT have the same rights as straight married couples.  As I posted here, there is “a whole array of crucial marriage-based tax, pension, visitation, inheritance, immigration, and legal standing rights granted to opposite-sex couples,” that our gay brothers and sisters are ineligible for.  And the poll I posted the next day showed 3/8 of you OJ readers who had voted Yes on 8 to be concerned enough about that injustice that you favor repealing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Just for the record.  Obama and Biden OPPOSED amending any Constitution to take rights away from gays, and they support full equality.  The legalization of gay marriage does NOT require teaching school children about gay marriage, and was NEVER going to endanger the tax-exempt status or free speech of any churches.

When the courts inevitably declare this radical revision of the Constitution by a bare majority of voters to be a non-starter, we are going to hear a pandemonium of whining about “activist judges” overturning the “will of the people.”  I just hope it comes up for some kind of vote again, now that the scales are falling from Californians’ eyes – this bigotry and divisiveness are just SO last millenium, and so are any political parties and religions that tie their fortunes to it.


About Vern Nelson

Greatest pianist/composer in Orange County, and official troubador of both Anaheim and Huntington Beach (the two ends of the Santa Ana Aquifer.) Performs regularly both solo, and with his savage-jazz quintet The Vern Nelson Problem. Reach at vernpnelson@gmail.com, or 714-235-VERN.