Posted by: Mike | November 6, 2008

The Irony of Proposition 8

With about 98% of the vote in, it seems as though California has passed the controversial Proposition 8, a measure which bans same sex marriage in the state. Ironically, Obama was giving his acceptance speech just as the results affirming Proposition 8 were being released. Even as Obama uttered, “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, tonight is your answer” discrimination was being enshrined in California’s state constitution. I cannot help but feel bitter about this major setback in the midst of a tremendous victory for the Democrats. Equally ironic to the words of Obama’s speech was the fact that, according to exit polls, about 70% of black voters in California supported Proposition 8. To much of the black community, I suppose, equal rights under the law is an exclusive privilege. What a shame.



  1. Passage of Proposition 8 certainly proves that all things are possible in California. The true irony is that Californians voted to be kind to animals while enshrining this discrimination against human beings in our Constitution. Where are the priorities? I hope the Supreme Court challenges are successful.

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