Nov. 5th, 2008

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Obama won. That's great. I'm happy about that. However.

There were four big anti-gay amendments up yesterday. Every single one of them passed.

Florida and Arizona both voted to ban gay marriage (i.e., define marriage as between one man and one woman).

Arkansas voted to ban adoption by gay couples.

And although they haven't called it yet, it looks like Proposition 8 will pass in California, amending the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman and bringing heartbreak to the many couples who thought they were finally going to be allowed to marry.

Obama came out against Prop 8, but he and Biden both have stated that they do not believe same-sex marriage should be legalized--they said that gay people should be allowed civil unions, but that marriage ought to be reserved for heterosexual couples. It's the electable position, no doubt, but contrast that to Paul Martin's speech when Canada legalized gay marriage almost four years ago.

One wonders when America will reach the point when a national politician can give such a speech. Looking at yesterday's results, I don't think it will be soon.

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