Prop 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, has been overturned by some judge yada yada, but it has a few more legal hoops to pass through before it’ll be irrevocable. And it may not make it, because the Prop 8 fan club will throw everything it’s got to keep gay rights away from what they see as a highly influential state. It’s really too early to start celebrating, in my humble opinion – the Prop 8 fan club has deep untaxed churchy pockets, and friends in high places.
You have to ask yourself: who voted for this prop in the first place? Isn’t California such a bastion of liberalism? Regular Hathor readers know better: the term “Californian” may encompass progressive San Franciscans, but it also encompasses people who think it’s funny to call British actors working in the US “white mexicans“, thinks it reflects badly on Sarah Palin that she has a child with Down Syndrome and thinks rape is okay as long as the rapist is a somebody and the victim is a nobody.
Mentalities like these don’t warm easily to the idea of others obtaining rights. They feel it devalues their rights. I mean, the more you can’t do, the more meaningful it is that they can do it, right? It’s a matter of self-esteem for them, and their self-esteem is far more important than your humanity. Combine them with mentalities that don’t even actually see most of the human race as human, and you’ve got one seriously bitter opponent.
Go ahead and celebrate. Just be aware of what’s to come and how uncool it’s likely to be.