as many of you are i’m sure aware proposition 8 passed in california on election night banning gay marriage in the state. like many others, i naively assumed that this proposition wouldn’t pass in a liberal state like california, but i was clearly very wrong.
before i go on about this issue i feel the need to point out that i disagree with the very basis of this kind of vote. the rights of a minority should never be decided by a majority vote. basic rights should be protected by law and not open to be adjusted at the will of the majority. this is a foundation of modern societies that applies except in cases where the minority is marginalized and feared to a great extent. imagine what would happen if a state decided that it didn’t like the idea of integrated schools anymore and would go back to segregation. quite simply there would be public outrage, as there very well should be.
it is also sad that such an awful piece of legislation should pass on such a historic evening. the message of obama’s win is supposed to be that all american’s are equal and have the same opportunities for advancement and yet all across the country gays and lesbians are and continue to be discriminated against solely on the basis of their sexual orientation. marriage is simply a legal designation in the eyes of government and one that should be afforded to anyone who wants to enter into it with another person.
while i’m disappointed that the people of california passed such a hateful and bigoted piece of legislation, i’m excited that people are angry about it and ready to fight for their rights. similar pieces of legislation have been passed across america with relatively little attention but we’re finally seeing a line being drawn in the sand. my hope is that this fight will become a milestone in gay rights, much as stonewall was decades ago. gay marriage is coming whether bigoted individuals are ready for it or not. i’m so proud to live in a country where people are largely accepted for who they are and gay marriage passed into law with a comparatively limited amount of opposition – that being said, living in alberta is indeed a challenge for many people who are in the minority including the gays.
human rights are everyone’s business and we should all be ready to fight for them. if not then they will be eroded and we will have no one to blame but ourselves.