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…