governator offers encouragement to prop 8 opponents; uses inevitable bodybuilding metaphor


Dude, I so feel your pain.

Schwarzenegger publicly opposed Proposition 8, which amends the state Constitution to declare that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

On Sunday, he urged backers of gay marriage to follow the lesson he learned as a bodybuilder trying to lift weights that were too heavy for him at first. “I learned that you should never ever give up. . . . They should never give up. They should be on it and on it until they get it done.”

Protests have been sprouting up all over the state since last week’s narrow passage of Prop 8, often centered around the Mormon and Catholic organizations which funneled massive buxx into the Yes on 8 campaign. Cue religious HELP HELP I’M BEING OPPRESSED whinging:

“When we saw them out there, we thought, ‘Why are they not over this? Do they think they’re going to change anything, or are they just stirring up trouble at our church?’ “

If someone knows how one is supposed to “get over” having your civil rights stripped away from you by religious bigots, please let me know.

In related news, the people that are blaming the passage of Prop 8 on African-Americans need to check their facts and shut the fuck up. Yes, 70% of black voters voted yes. Black voters make up about 10% of registered voters in the state. You know what other groups also voted yes — usually at higher rates than black voters, and none of them under 60% — most of which are larger groups than black voters?

  • Elderly voters
  • Republicans
  • Protestants
  • Catholics
  • People who regularly attend church of any kind
  • Married people
  • Parents of children
  • Gun owners

Prop 8 passed because of cynical exploitation of prejudice by out-of-state religious organizations pouring $$$ into an effort to impose their narrow version of Christian theocracy. You can’t fight bigotry with another kind of bigotry.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. the Lindsay of Babble-on
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 17:21:51

    That is, officially, the Best Protest Sign Ever.

    Right? I mean I almost literally said the same exact thing the day after the election.

  2. kickingalion
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 17:31:42

    For information on Prop 8/Gay Rights boycotts, marches, letter writing campaigns and more, visit

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