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Here's a tally - as of now, via CNN - of all of the ballot measures that aim at limiting the rights of gay couples, with a few other key ballot initiatives thrown in, mostly aimed at women's rights:

ARIZONA: PROPOSITION 102: BANNING GAY MARRIAGE - 57-47, yes, 85% reported
ARKANSAS: INITIATIVE 1: BANNING GAY COUPLES FROM ADOPTING - 57-43, yes, 73% reported
CALIFORNIA: PROPOSITION 8: BANNING GAY MARRIAGE - 54-46, yes, 22% reported
COLORADO: AMENDMENT 48: DEFINING THE BEGINNING OF LIFE AT CONCEPTION - 74-26, no, 51% reported (yes!)
FLORIDA: AMENDMENT 2: BANNING GAY MARRIAGE - 62-38, yes, 95% reported (60% necessary)
MICHIGAN: PROPOSITION 1: ALLOWING MEDICINAL MARIJUANA - 63-37, yes, 74% reported
MICHIGAN: PROPOSITION 2: ALLOWING STEM-CELL RESEARCH - 52-48, yes, 74% reported (Go Michigan!)
SOUTH DAKOTA: INITIATIVE 11: LIMITING ABORTION TO ONLY WHEN WOMAN'S LIFE IS IN DANGER - 55-45, no, 92% reported (YES!)
WASHINGTON: INITIATIVE 1000: ALLOWING ASSISTED SUICIDE: 58-42, yes, 43% reported

All in all... some good things, but every single initiative aimed at hurting homosexuals is going to pass.

I find it funny that on a day we elected a black President, we're still very obviously biased against homosexuals. We still want to criminalize them, and we're using fear and hatred to do it. What bothers me is that this is a fight against organized religion. Organized religion enjoys tax-free status, yet actively campaigns, usually very aggressively, for their own agenda, and as stated by Barry Goldwater, these people are, in their minds, speaking for God, so they cannot and will not be flexible or reasonable; they're lost. They're nuts.

Yes, we've come far tonight. But we're not there yet. Not yet. And from the looks of things, not for awhile.

EDIT: EVERYONE! OUT OF MY POOL! The dispute between Paul and I is between Paul and I. Stay out of it, because though I'm annoyed, I still respect the man greatly.

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hezul
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
I don't mean this to be rude, but by friending someone's journal, I think it's understood that they are going to be talking about things that are important to them, the way they feel about things, et cetera. In commenting on someone's journal you are entering their space.

I'm not saying that you can't be sick of what you're hearing from one direction or another, but nobody is writing their journal for an audience of you.

Two years is a long time to hear about an election in a country that isn't yours, but it's immensely important to those of us who live here, and for all that sometimes I'm sick of hearing about it myself, on a night like this when two years of tension and anticipation are coming together, I think a post flood is to be expected. No matter how much or little anyone else cares, this is important to us, very important to us. We are going to talk about it. And we are probably going to offend people about it, because the political is personal, and you know as well as I that Chris is not one to mince words about how he feels.

I do think that observing a certain level of tact is important in these things, yes. But emotions are the highest they've been in this country for quite a while.

I'm sorry to intrude on this thread, but I feel it needs to be said.