Protests are being coordinated across the United States and beyond, legislators in the California State Legislature and the Governator are speaking out against it, the president-elect has said he is against it – wow did the Mormon Church play this attack on the gay community wrong when they swung the tide financially in favour of Proposition 8! In my lifetime I’ve never seen anything like this, apart from the near-riot which resulted from the UK Parliament failing to vote for an equal age of consent in 1994. This really is comparable now to the Stonewall Riots of the late ’60s – an entire movement which now encompasses straight people too, has sprung up and it’s incredible to see.
This is my home town Portland, Oregon’s gay mayor-elect, speaking out against Proposition 8 (the state just voted in an out lesbian as Secretary of State too, how cool is that?):
(all photos via Towleroad apart from where mentioned)
(via Just Out)
Here are some other shots of demonstrations across the country. Firstly New York:
(via starkyld on Flickr)
See the Mormons for Marriage there? Proof that religious leaders really are not representing their flocks when they promote bigotry and discrimination! Here’s Hawaii, the home state of the president-elect:
The still-president’s home state of Texas:
Prop 8 was on the wrong side of history. I look forward to its being repealed by the California State Supreme Court, or at least passed down to the legislature to modify the constitution to enable it (which they would then almost certainly refuse to do). A country which has voted for change cannot allow this blatant bigotry to succeed. Some say the solution is to wait until 2010 and put a repeal on the ballot, but it’s increasingly clear to me that it cannot wait that long. If the ballot measure is unconstitutional it must be struck down by the state’s highest court, but it’s also highly illogical, not to say immoral, to allow mob rule when it comes to human rights. Forty per cent of people in the UK are against gay adoption – if voters were allowed a referendum on it, they might prevail – that wouldn’t make it right. If this campaign can continue to reach out to straight people and religious communities and encompass all races, then a remarkable and lasting result can be achieved.