Celebrations for Obama’s victory as our 44th President of the United States are over, today (actually last night) I go back to being a Californian again.
It goes back to this very controversial proposition that the entire nation has (some?) focus on— Proposition #8 — the amending of the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriages. The sad reality despite of my overwhelming glee for Obama’s victory is that a proposition to “promote discrimination towards homosexuals and same-sex couple” had passed. I’m not going to do this write-up as a Catholic this time. I already did that on my previous entry. I’m writing now as a Californian, and to go further, an American.
I believe that California is an independent-thinking state. Sure, it seems that the state leads more to the left, but not all the way to the left. Many of the idealists flock to our state because our state is, in my opinion that is, is one of the most progressive states in the country, trying out and/or promoting changes that can benefit all of us, and one of the states where anybody regardless of race, background/origin, religion, age, gender, physique (in terms of being disabled and such), and most of all sexual orientation. How else is California the most populous state in the entire U.S.? We’re the largest state by population! You would think that anyone who’s anyone can come here and share the same fundamental rights as the locals over here. With the passing of Proposition 8, that contradicts everything.
Obama’s election to presidency stood ground for non-whites and end the racial discrimination and bigotry that had been existing in this country for hundreds of years. Apparently some people of other categories other than race somewhat still do not have the same fundamental rights as what every “normal” person has. I guess the demand for “change” by the people of today doesn’t necessarily include fundamental civil rights targeting homosexuals. I can already see that the majority has overcome (majority, I’m not saying everyone) color lines. What about sexual orientation lines? I guess not everyone is ready to accept homosexuals in general, especially if they are a couple.
For me though, a Yes vote restores & retains (?) the fundamental, original meaning of marriage (between a man and a woman— it’s always been like this, not just in the U.S. but all around the world in so many religions that have been existing since our time!). A No vote basically redefines the term of what “marriage” is, which is one of the valid reasons why many support the Yes vote. On the other hand, same-sex couples pretty much have the same rights as everyone else here in California… except with the marriage thing.
Then again from a different perspective, same-sex couples always had the right to live together and settle down on their own. In addition, many heterosexual couples in general don’t even get married. They live together but they don’t even get married. Our former next-door neighbors (this was years before we moved to our current home) were a non-married couple who live together and have two children and they still share the same rights as everyone else who were married through some kind of matrimonial ceremony. On the other hand, because of the latter the term “marriage” pretty much lost its meaning already, since many couples who were married don’t live up to their matrimonial promises of “For better and for worse till death do us part.” Look at how many divorced couples that live in this country.
Yesterday and today is pure chaos here in California, with so many lawsuits filed by same-sex couples and protests all over major cities (including San Francisco, Oakland, and such here in my area) going on demanding to overturn the vote. California has spoken and made their decision and now these people are protesting, demanding to overturn the proposition.
The opponents of the proposition will not rest until they have their demands answered today, just like how the opponents of the supreme court decision of legalizing same-sex marriages have not rest. You know, a prediction here, if I may. Why do I have a feeling that every two years (four years?) or so there will be more propositions that are similar to same-sex marriages rights? Wouldn’t it be taxpayer’s money that will be used to post up these propositions?
Think about it if you will.