So, it would seem that yesterday (ironically enough, the day that the first black president of the United States is elected) several states passed referendums regarding bans on gay marriage.
Florida passed their "2 Define Marriage" measure 62%-38% -- not even close.
Arizona passed their "Define Marriage" measure 56%-44%.
California, it now seems likely, will pass proposition 8 (currently 52%-48% with 95% reporting).
So. I have to say that I'm not exactly the biggest defender of gay rights, but I think it's a little extreme to amend the constitution. I mean, damn. I'm surprised Florida passed by such a wide margin, and that California will pass it at all.
What do you think it says about the nation in terms of tolerance and "progress"? On one hand, you have the first ever black president elected. On the other hand, 2/3 states passing such measures voted for Obama. From what I read, in CA, prop 8 had heavy support from blacks and latinos (but lost out slightly with white voters). So what to make of that?
And also, Arkansas passed a measure allowing only married couples to adopt children, which was largely motivated by people who wanted to stop gays from adopting (by proxy, as they can't be married).
I personally have never known quite what to make of gay marriage -- on one hand, my religion says it's wrong. On the other, I've never had a real problem with gays. And, even if you believe it's wrong, hell.. nobody's perfect. One of my biggest concerns, though, is that it seems like something that doesn't belong in a constitution. The US constitution is all about granting rights, rather than restricting to whom they apply. And even though I haven't read many state constitutions, it seems a little over the top to me, to put this in there.
Of course, in CA, it's really the only way to make gay marriage illegal again after the previous ban was ruled unconstitutional. I suspect if it does pass, and it seems it will, there will be legal challenges to it.