Friday, November 07, 2008

It's not all chocolate and buttercups

So many others have already talked about this, more eloquently than I ever could and more personally...

Just as many Webb voters in Virginia also voted for the horrible anti-gay marriage amendment two years ago, many Obama voters in Florida, California, and Arizona voted for similar bans.

How could they? How could people simultaneously vote for a man whose focus is on bringing us all together and vote for Jim Crow?

I am also disappointed that Arkansas banned adoptions by unmarried couples but more people voted AGAINST this ban than voted FOR Obama.

All I can offer as a hopeful thought is this: young voters, both Democrat and Republican voted overwhelmingly against these bans. And Connecticut voted for equality. And what S said.

6 comments:

Yankee, Transferred said...

Makes me want to puke.

Jen @ Amazing Trips said...

You know what I think is shocking is that so many black people in California, who were drawn to the polls solely to vote for the first black President, actually voted FOR Prop 8 ... which is in contrast to what Obama would have done.

It really surprises me that people who not long ago were the subject of vicious discrimination are now perpetuating it, themselves.

kathy a. said...

i don't think we can put the burden on young voters alone, any more than we can blame [name a group] for not doing enough. the burden is on us all to keep talking, keep reaching out, keep explaining about equality.

liz said...

Kathy A, I agree that we can't put the burden for change or the blame for stagnation on any one group.

But the fact that younger voters went overwhelming against this measure gives me hope that someday this will no longer even be an issue. Someday (and please God let it be soon) it won't be possible to pass this law anywhere in the country because so many people would heap scorn upon the idea of banning two grown-ups who love each other from marrying each other.

kathy a. said...

liz, i think and hope so, too.

jo(e) said...

That's the wonderful thing about my job -- I work with college students. And their attitudes give me so much hope. The change will come. It has to.