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Intolerance – Cali Style

Posted by 19sevenseven on November 5, 2008

Proposition 8, which is California’s proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same sex marriage is not yet decided. According to a variety of sources there are over three million absentee and provisional ballots that have not been counted yet.

Intolerant Minorities

Prop 8 sponsors which includes the religious far right, and visual minority groups in California have declared victory on the issue of gay marriage. Yet, gay and human rights groups have said that there are too many votes still unaccounted before there can be a final decision made on the topic.

According to the The Washington Blade, Proposition 8 garnered “critical support from black voters who flocked to the polls to support Barack Obama for president. About seven in 10 blacks voted in favor of the ban, while Latinos also supported it and whites were split”. While Black and Hispanic voters may have made up the numbers for ballots, Mormons have emerged as the leading financial contributors on this controversial topic.

If Proposition 8 passes, marriage would be limited to hetrosexual couples. Although the same amendments were approved in Arizona, and Florida, this is the first time that a vote on same sex unions has taken place in a state where gay marriage have been legal.  has said, “Similar bans had prevailed in 27 states before Tuesday’s elections, but none were in California’s situation — with about 18,000 gay couples already married. The state attorney general, Jerry Brown, has said those marriages will remain valid, although legal challenges are possible.”

Gays Were Targeted

Gay rights activists have had their work cut out for them on this election. The movement suffered further setbacks when it was decided in Arkansas that unmarried couples have been banned from serving their communities as either foster or adoptive parents.

Activists in Arizona, Florida and Arkansas made it clear that the gay community was their target for these changes.

Most Expensive Campaign EVER

California is America’s most populated state, with more people than Canada. For this very reason, California has been seen as the grand prize for activists.

A reported $74 million dollars was spent for and against Proposition 8. That makes Prop 8 “the most expensive social-issues campaign in U.S. history and the most expensive campaign this year outside the race for the White House” according to Times. Because of the size and population of California, activists for and against Proposition 8 saw spending huge amounts of cash key to bringing attention, and untilmately a win to their cause.

Just in time for Christmas

MSNBC reports that “Kate Folmar, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Debra Bowen, said initiatives typically take effect the day after an election, although the results from Tuesday’s races will not be certified until Dec. 13.”

So just in time for Christmas, the ballots will be counted, and it will be revealed if intolerance is this seasons must have viewpoint in the run up to the season associated with love, forgiveness, generosity, and kindness.

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Background: Proposition 8 Information

Posted by 19sevenseven on November 4, 2008

Proposition 8 is defined as the California State ballot proposition that, if successful, would change the California State constitution. The changes would mean that marriage would and could only ever be for heterosexual couples. If this Proposition 8 passes, it would cancel out a California Supreme Court decision that stated the gay marriage was a basic human right.

$74 Million Dollar Question

The for and against campaigns for Proposition 8 raised a total of over $74 million USD combined. The For Prop 8 side raised $35.8 million dollars, where as the gay activists side raised $37.6 million. This campaign has raised the most cash ever for a political campaign, has been the most expensive proposition campaign outside of the campaigns associated with the run for the White House.

Being Discriminatory has been the spearhead behind the yes vote on Prop 8. They also fought for the protection of education and church tax breaks. Organisations like relied heavily on religious groups, and ethnic minorities to have vote Prop 8 through. It is well documented that Barack Obama had a large black Christian following, that same group is also well known for being discriminatory towards gay’s rights, and liberal views.

Equality for All

HRC ( the Human Rights Campaign) was the main organisation that was against Prop 8. Their argument against Prop 8 was that “eliminating the rights of any Californian and mandating that one group be treated differently from everyone else was unfair and wrong”.

Californian Ideology in Question

The current results of the ballot, and amount of money raised by has been why this story is so newsworthy. California has always been marketed as a bohemian, free thinking, and liberal society. A society that is accommodating and accepting of alternative lifestyles, which are not overly religious, and a society that is very concerned with environmental issues. And the outcome of this election process has given everyday Californians, across the state the opportunity to reexamine whether this self belief that Californians are enlightened free spirits is true or not.

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