Though it is sad Californians voted the discriminatory prop 8 into effect there is plenty of hope to hold on to today.
First off in 2000 the nearly identical Prop 22 was voted in by Californian voters by a margin of 61% – 38%. In contrast Prop 8 only passed 52% to 48%
Additionally Prop 22 was ruled to be against the CA constitution by the California Supreme Court, stating that it unfairly discriminated. Prop 8 could face a similar fate.
However even had prop 8 failed gay couples in California still would not have the 1138 federal marriage rights that were denied to them by the Defense of Marriage Act. The real fight is in Washington and Obama is on our side.
So even though small minded bigoted voters may have denied same sex couples in California the right to the title of “Marriage” for a time, what’s important at this point are the rights of those couples.
From 2000 – 2008 we went from 61% against to 52% against. We are getting there, the time will come when these couples are treated equally in title and rights, until that time lets work on the rights! Contact your representatives and tell them to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.