Here’s one of the ramifications of the Democratic Party’s refusal to support gay marriage: all three ballot attempts to ban gay marriage passed. Florida, Arizona and California – where 17,000 same-sex couples have already married, best friends of mine among them – all voted to limit the civil rights of their citizens.
Obama and Biden were both as clear about their anti-gay marriage stand as they were on their support of Roe v Wade and – waddya know – all three anti-abortion initiatives (South Dakota, Colorado and California) were defeated. Colorado’s rejected initiative was especially sinister: it attempted to define human-hood as starting at the moment of fertilization.
That’s leadership, Barack Obama. For good and for crap.
There were a lot of other Propositions to interest people. According to Ballotwatch, “Overall, 92 measures were approved, 54 were rejected, and 7 are still to be decided.” Animal rights propositions to stop commercial dog racing in Massachusetts and to define acceptable housing space for California’s farm animals succeeded. Bond proposals got a friendly hearing but tax cuts were sensibly rejected, including an attempt to end income tax in Massachusetts.
And the two states that often fight to be Trendsetter of the Nation took different decisions about dope: California will not be decriminalizing possession, while Massachusetts is only gonna fine you if you’re holding less than an ounce of weed. Now Massachusetts residents can enjoy a lesbian or gay marriage while stoned in a well-resourced dog-friendly state. This could be the economic life-raft we’ve been looking for.
However one of my oldest dearest friends Tracy Moore is married to the wonderful Rabbi Lisa Edwards of the world’s first lesbian and gay synagogue Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) in LA. They’ve conducted 42 weddings since July 17th and this moving film by Pam Postrel (with Dan Fogelberg singing a Judy Collins song) gives evidence of the nightmarish devil’s rituals these homophobes have put a (temporary?) end to.