California voters were swept up by the strong, religious conservative lobby to ban same sex marriages in the recent American election campaign. The result? In California, Proposition 8 repealed the right which gay couples won last June, and passed by a 52% margin on Election Tuesday. ‘Project Marriage’ was managed by Frank Schubert and was the force which led the Proposition 8 attack. It was backed by huge amounts of money (Schubert raised 5 million in 5 days) from a united religious alliance of Catholics, Mormons and other predominately white, Evangelical groups. Same-sex marriage supporters were hurt by the heavy turnout of Black and Hispanic Obama drawn to Obama’s candidacy. President-elect Obama opposes gay marriage. I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too, though it seems to me, that the whole point of having cake, IS to eat it. California will now join the thirty other states banning same-sex marriage. Gay marriages are only legal in Massachusetts and Connecticut. New York and Rhode Island will continue to recognize ceremonies performed elsewhere (“Not in my backyard” philosophy?)
I’m not sure why so many people have put so much effort and money into denying gay couples the right to marry. Many of them (like Hilary Clinton, Obama, and others) are quick to claim support for same-sex UNIONS, but cave to the Religious American Conservative Right when it comes to supporting the right for gay couples to marry. There is something deeper going on here which I’m not sure I really want to think about too much. Frankly, all I can say to those sisters and brothers in the United States who are in this sad state of Unwedded Unbliss, is: Keep the faith (not the one dressed up as the Religious Right) and carry on with the fight…or come to Canada.