I would just like to personally say, to all the conservitard trolls who polluted my blog over the last few months (most of whose comments you, my gentle readers, never saw, because I didn’t approve them or replaced them with Hillary/Palin sub-dom slashfic), one thing:
And now, to work! If I’ve realized anything in the years since I’ve started voting, it’s that you never get to stop fighting. There is never a point where you get to lay down arms, dust your hands off, and say “I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish; now to rest and enjoy the fruits of my labors.” And really, that’s a good thing. But I also think it’s a large part of what drives voter apathy, because it’s human nature to want to be able to stop at some point and feel like I’m done.
I’m dissapointed that a small majority of my fellow Californians saw fit to strip gays of their right to marriage. As Rachel Maddow pointed out last night, same-sex marriage has been a fait accompli in California for months now. This wasn’t something that was hypothetical; this was something that had existed and clearly was harming no one (in fact it was bringing massive buxx into the state’s tourism industry), and 52% of Californians took it away. That hurts.
But in light of last night’s overwhelming mandate, I can’t help but see this as a “lost the battle, winning the war” situation. The last time there was a similar proposition on California’s ballot, it won by a much wider margin. There will be a legal challenge — in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the papers are filed as soon as the Election Night hangovers wear off.
Same-sex marriage is inevitable, and the people railing against it now are like Velma and Franklin von Tussle, standing at the entrance to Tilted Acres in 1962 and desperately chanting “Segregation now! Segregation forever!” through gritted teeth. You hate them… but you also kind of pity them, too. I understand now why Christians say you must pray for your enemies (when they really mean it, instead of using it as code for “BURN IN HELL, SODOMITE!!!”). I’m an atheist and have no one to pray to, but I will hope that one day these people come to realize the ignorance and futility of their position.
I am pleased that Californians have once again seen through the use of “Won’t someone please think of the children?!” rhetoric as a thinly-veiled excuse to chip away at reproductive freedom (for the 3rd time in as many years), and failed to pass Proposition 4. The South Dakota abortion ban and Colorado “Eggs are people, too” initiative also failed. I’m going to go out and have a celebratory abortion this weekend!