Gay blues

November 5, 2008


Proposition 8 succeeded here, so it appears my marriage is dissolving before my eyes. Yes, it’s not clear what the future holds for the 18,000 lesbian and gay couples that got married this year, but still, I’m really saddened by it. It’s hard to be angry at 5 million California voters. It was really close, but not close enough. I hope that the whole issue comes back as legal civil unions without the religious stickiness of the word “marriage.” Until then, Daniel and I will return to being domestic partners. We still have tremendous benefits in California, and being employed by the University of California is even better. So, we’ve lost nothing but the word.

I look at the statistics and see that people from age 18 – 29 were largely supportive of gay marriage, while people over 30s are against it. So, it looks like we just have to be patient.

Sigh…

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Brad Wood November 6, 2008 at 10:34 am

Although I am sad and disappointed about this, consider: Not too long ago many private behaviors were flat-out illegal—and a whole host of mostly religiously-motivated folks thought that was just fine.

A short time ago California voted 61% against gay marriage. Now a few years later it is just above 50%, and as you point out 61% of 18-29 year olds are evidently tolerant. For younger people, sexual orientation is just not that big a deal anymore. I’ve even spoken to some who recognize that intense hatreds are indicative of unacknowledged attraction.

I was especially saddened by the high percentage of blacks voting yes on Prop. 8. Of all the people who ought to know about discrimination! But I would attribute some of this to the tendency of many to literal interpretations of the Bible.

dkirker November 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm

You will also be pleased with the voter turnout on my college campus, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Of the 862 or so students that voted at the polling place in the University Union about 70% opposed Prop 8. 🙂

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