Keith Olbermann’s special comment on the passage of Proposition 8.

I was as disappointed as anyone over the passage of Proposition 8 in California banning gay marriage. For me it’s always been an issue of basic fairness and the feeling of disappointment was even greater than when Michigan passed a similar amendment to our state’s constitution. Michigan has enough backwards people in it that it wasn’t that big of a surprise, but California is supposedly a bastion of progressive liberals. If any state could be supportive of gay marriage, I thought, California would be my first pick. I hadn’t written much about Prop 8 passing because I was having a hard time putting my feelings on it into words.

Thankfully, Keith Olbermann managed to do it for me better than I could:

Found over at DOF’s blog.

10 thoughts on “Keith Olbermann’s special comment on the passage of Proposition 8.

  1. Amen.

    To be honest, I never understood most of the reasoning for not letting gays marry…doesn’t effect me in the least so why would I be against it?

  2. I wonder how many, if any, people voted for prop 8 thinking they were actually voting for gay marriage.

  3. I wonder how many, if any, people voted for prop 8 thinking they were actually voting for gay marriage.

    I really do wish they wouldn’t make “negative” laws where you voting for it, is actually voting against something.

  4. Kahvi, the official ballot title was literally: Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry.

    So, no, I don’t think they thought they were voting for gay marriage. The title is pretty unambiguous.

  5. I think it’s disgusting that a basic human right can even be put up to a vote.

    What if there was a proposition on the ballot to roll back the Emancipation Proclamation?

    ETA: I am NOT suggesting that banning same sex marriage is the same as slavery.

  6. It should be brought to the supreme court and be ruled unconstitutional. This law should be rescinded!

  7. ETA: I am NOT suggesting that banning same sex marriage is the same as slavery.

    Why not?

    Same sex couples are paying the same taxes as anyone, by regulating them into second class citizenship the portion of taxes they pay that goes to support the benefits of marriage (such as SS survivor benefits) are not benefiting them. Therefore however many hours they work to pay for that portion of taxes is slave labor.

    Any taking that is not reimbursed by some compensation effectively makes slaves of people, at least for the value of that taken.

  8. The silver lining to the cloud is that Focus on the Family is laying off 20% of its workforce after putting around $600,000 of support into backing Prop 8.  Apparently fighting gay marriage is bad business these days.  Article here.

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