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05 November 2008 @ 10:23 pm
I don't get it.  
61.0% of California votes to put hope, tolerance, and acceptance into the White House.

And at the same time, 52.5% of California votes to put fear, intolerance and bigotry into the State Constitution.


I just don't get it.
 
 
 
Fuzzybear: social justicefuzzybearca on November 7th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Because Yes on 8 reframed the entire debate and made it about fear. They took a marriage issue and made it into a "scary gays invade schools" psychodrama. They also had very organized help from the Mormons, who raised over $20 million, and other Conservative religious groups preaching about politics every Sunday.

The No on 8 group was disorganized and complacent. They sent volunteers to canvas gay enclaves instead of reaching out to other communities. The people that would be affected by the proposition were missing from the ads, they only showed parents or other proxies.

I know I thought it would be voted down simply from the fact that over 16,000 couples, like Dave and I, got married and they must have friends and relatives that want to support them. I underestimated the overwhelming power of "think of the children!!!!!" that Yes on 8 was running on.

But hey at least chickens can stand up in their cages now.

Sorry about being longwinded and bitter.