Voters approve Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages

Waiting on results:

Newlyweds Peter Jandula-Hudson, left, and Michael Hudson embrace at a “No on 8” party at the Music Box Henry Fonda in Hollywood while watching Barack Obama’s victory speech.

Passage of Prop.8 throws thousands of same-sex unions into doubt.

“We caused Californians to rethink this issue,” Proposition 8 strategist Jeff Flint said … “I think the voters were thinking, well, if it makes them happy, why shouldn’t we let gay couples get married. And I think we made them realize that there are broader implications to society and particularly the children when you make that fundamental change that’s at the core of how society is organized, which is marriage,” he said.
This makes me want to vomit. It was never an issue about children or religion or morality or family values, it was a LEGAL issue that aimed to INCLUDE DISCRIMINATION in California’s Constitution. Americans came together to vote yesterday and proved that we as a nation, are ready for some real changes … and yet CALIFORNIA, one of the most liberal states, one I’ve often thought should seced from the rest of the nation because of our forward-thinking and progressive ways, voted FOR discrimination!
I’ve never before felt proud to be an American and ashamed of being a Californian.
We are way overdue for the realization that LOVE IS NOT WRONG – no matter what form it takes.
Proposition 8 was the most expensive proposition on any ballot in the nation this year, with more than $74 million spent by both sides.
…The measure’s most fervent proponents believed that nothing less than the future of traditional families was at stake, while opponents believed that they were fighting for the fundamental right of gay people to be treated equally under the law….
…The battle was closely watched across the nation because California is considered a harbinger of cultural change and because this is the first time voters have weighed in on gay marriage in a state where it was legal…
…But supporters and opponents also did battle on street corners and front lawns, from the pulpits of churches and synagogues and — unusual for a fight over a social issue — in the boardrooms of many of the state’s largest corporations….
…Research and polling showed that many voters were against gay marriage, but afraid that saying so would make them seem “discriminatory” or “not cool,” said Flint, so proponents hoped to show them they were not alone….

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