Comment on Backpacking Dad‘s post on California Supreme Court’s decision on Proposition 8 —
I’m saddened by today’s decision but optimistic that, in time, a few more old conservative California bigots die off and a new wave of young liberals will take their place and overturn this embarrassing discriminatory law.
I remember people getting pissy at me after Proposition 8 passed in California in November because I mentioned something I read in the LA Times — that the proposition passed because traditionally-oriented, religious citizens of the state weren’t comfortable with gay marriage, including a very large percentage of African-Americans and Mexican-Americans. They voted for Proposition 8 because, on average, they tend to be more traditional and religious. I’m not sure why this upset people at the time. I was just trying to spread the blame! Just like it is great for America to have an African-American president, it is a credit to our democracy when all ethnic and racial groups can vote as stupidly as the majority. This is called normalcy.
Voting is as close to a spiritual experience as you can get in America, so I tend to agree with the California Supreme Court’s decision not to overturn Proposition 8. I know this is an unpopular thing to say, and this has nothing to do with my feelings about gay rights or gay marriage. This has to do with my belief in the sacredness of voting. The idiotic citizens of California voted for Proposition 8. For the State Supreme Court to overturn the vote of the people, they must have a very strong legal reason to do so on the state level, and they didn’t have one. This is an issue that needs to go to the United States Supreme Court, so THEY can rule it as unconstitutional. Or Californians need to wait until next time to fight it in another vote.
So who should we be angry at because of this injustice? When I read quotes online saying “I hate California,” “Shame on California,” etc., I am unclear who we are talking about? All of California? Me? White male executives? Old Conservative Bigots?
I know I don’t have any close friends who voted for Proposition 8. I even know Republicans who believe in the rights of gays to legally marry. Is it the fault of the California Supreme Court? No. They are intelligent scholars doing their job, which is to uphold the law, not to do what people on Twitter think is popular. They need to have some legal reason to be activist, or else the the will of the people becomes meaningless.
California is a big state with a lot of different types of people. If you really want to be angry at someone, try the religious establishment — of all races and ethnicities and religions — old AND young — who continue to make this “gay marriage issue” into a political issue. Don’t they have something better to do with their time?
More views — Whit at Honea Express