Proposition 8 upheld: A sad day in gay and human rights

I just learned that California upheld the Proposition 8 decision of November, 2008. As a scholar of environmental studies, I find it extremely ironic that California’s ultra progressive approach to environmental policy is NOT reflected in its LGBT and overall human rights approach.

Extremely ironic, indeed. When other states started copying California’s increasingly stringent air quality standards, the race to catch up was called in environmental policy texts, the “California effect” (a race to the top, the opposite from a race to the bottom). California became the highest common denominator for good air quality standards.

It’s only thus ironic that now California stands in shame as compared to other states like Iowa, where gay marriage has been approved. Or Canada, where the marriage of homosexuals has been legal for a long while now. Ah, the ironies…

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Comments (6)

Jen StoddartMay 26th, 2009 at 10:52 am

The ignorance just completely blows my mind. I can’t believe that the November Prop 8 decision has been upheld in California. It’s absolutely heart breaking.

Jonathon NarveyMay 26th, 2009 at 11:55 am

Part of this has to do with stakeholders from various marginalized groups no longer finding common ground in civil rights philosophy to form strategic alliances. As I understand it, if you look at polling demographics of who is voting against bills like Prop 8, a decisive number of “keep the status-quo” votes are coming from groups that felt disenfranchised along with the embrionic gay rights movement in past decades. The alliance has crumbled.

That said, mainstream America is definitely trending in such a way long term that I expect similar legislation to Prop 8 to pass… sooner rather than later.

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TawcanMay 26th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

I should start calling California the “Redneck Holy Jesus God Loving” state. In today’s day and age I can’t believe the decision has been upheld. It’s ridiculous.

Derek K. MillerMay 26th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

As Dan Savage wrote today, this is probably a mere setback. “This morning’s decision was expected but, in the wake of so many recent victories, still saddening,” he writes. “But we have to remember that this is a long game and, despite this setback, we are winning. [...] The anti-gay bigots know that they’re losing this debate, and it’s why they’re so hot to amend state constitutions now, while they still can, while they can still count on the votes of the old, the bigoted, and the easily manipulated. But they are losing and they know it.”

It will be a sad irony if California somehow ends up being the last state to get full gay marriage rights in the U.S. We should all be glad the debate is long over here in Canada.

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Michelle ClausiusMay 27th, 2009 at 10:33 am

Cooincidence or not? Last night, I watched a re-run of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was the episode where the crew encounters the “genderless” species, some of whom are born identifying with being male or female and are thus considered deviants in need of “treatment”. Even my 12 year old daughter commented on the parallel of this theme to homosexuality. I thought it a timely slight to backwards California.

Nomade ModerneMay 30th, 2009 at 8:37 am

In case you haven’t seen it, this is a great video questioning whether some traditions shouldn’t be left behind:

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