I have to admit that I get a chuckle out of the ads on TV over Proposition 8, even when they’re making me sick at the same time. You see San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom being a bit of a dick in a snippet of the ad, you hear a bit about gay marriage being taught in schools without parents being able to take their kids out of class, you hear about the need to protect “traditional marriage.”
If we really wanted to go back to traditional marriage, let’s mandate marriage be for the acquisition of property. Make it real old-school. You know, fathers pick suitors based on family bank accounts, suitability for the money, fuck that love shit. If you want to really make it traditional, mean it, because otherwise, I’m not sure why the hell the church-going folk and everyone else in support of banning same-sex marriage through the state Constitution is so hell-bent about what other people do in bed and whom they marry.
Right, right. Homosexuality is morally wrong. Sure. It harms the institution of marriage. Like the divorce rate in this country doesn’t. How will children deal with eventually having to learn that men can marry men and women can marry women? Well, just like they ideally would learn about sex, drugs, etc, if the country at large wasn’t so fucking squeamish about anything reproductive.
Same-sex marriage is the return of a long-overdue bill that we floated checks on centuries ago and our collective ass could not cash it, kind of in the same vein of slavery in a society that decreed “all men are created equal.” (Now, now, the parallels aren’t exact here. Being forced to be white and closeted in close-minded times isn’t a ripple on being black and beaten.) The basic problem is this: the state decided, like most nation-states do, to get involved in the business of sanctioning marriages between a man and woman; which used to be a mostly religious deal. American society compounded it by allowing marriage to accrue medical and legal rights to a spouse, and now, with homosexuality becoming more normalized, it’s only natural that same-sex couples would like to establish those same rights — and under a lot of state constitutions (Masschusetts, California, and now Connecticut), the legal reasons to keep marriage hetero don’t jibe with those constitutions.
Happens. It’s kind of similar to the whole Loving v. Virginia case over interracial marriage. Societal standards change to adjust to new legal findings and decisions, and most of the political progress in this country doesn’t happen without prodding and backing from higher courts (Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, Griswold v. Connecticut, etc.)
What’s especially noxious about the Yes on 8 campaign is, in the same ad using Newsom’s ill-advised gloating earlier this year, is that it feeds into the stupidity regarding the concept of judicial review, established way back when in Marbury v. Madison. The basic charge against the California Supreme Court is this:
Four judges ignored 4 million voters and imposed same sex marriage on California.
This is a straight Republican trick that’s been developed over the past couple decades or so, and is leading to the developing idiocracy in the U.S. It takes advantage of the layman’s lack of understanding of basic legal concepts and the court system, manipulating a court decision explained concretely in the separation of powers between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government to portray it as a willful defiance of the voting populace. Thus, all judges who render verdicts in ways conservatives find distasteful are “judicial activists.” If the verdict is in their favor, it’s merely “strict constructionism.”
Well, let’s put it this way: if those 4 million voters who voted Prop 22 into approval in 2000 approved something completely unconstitutional, then the state Supreme Court judges did their fucking job. Judicial review is one of the few things standing between us and mob rule, and if anything, the religious nuts behind Prop 8 ought to be struck down for that alone.
Here are the five lies behind that ad I posted above that the supporters of Prop 8 are using to write discrimination into the state’s constitution, in handy video form:
If you are registered to vote in California or know someone who is, plead with them to go to the polls and vote against this despicable proposition. The state may turn out blue in the presidential election, but we need as many people as possible to fight off the people funding this.