Okay. So Prop 8 passed. Alright, I get it. 51% of you think that I am a second class citizen. Alright then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books.
Okay, cool I don't mean to get too personal here but there is a lot I can do with the extra half a million dollars that I will be keeping instead of handing it over to the state of California. Oh, and I am sure Ellen will be a little excited to keep her bazillion bucks that she pays in taxes too. Wow, come to think of it, there are quite a few of us fortunate gay folks that will be having some extra cash this year. What recession? We're gay! I am sure there will be a little box on the tax forms now single, married, divorced, gay, check here if you are gay, yeah, that's not so bad. Of course all of the waiters and hairdressers and UPS workers and gym teachers and such, they won't have to pay their taxes either.
There's considerable pain as well as outrage in the rest of the piece if you care to read it.
But what interests me more is the comment I got from Pandora to a post I wrote earlier this week suggesting that we won't find President Obama coming out to take on the issue of gay marriage any time soon:
I think it will happen, but it won't happen immediately. Too much like Clinton's "gays in the military." Obama would be foolish to lead off with this and allow parallels to be drawn between his and Clinton's administrations. Also, Prop 8 was placed on these ballets as a trap, to create a "fierce urgency of now." Conservatives want nothing more than for Obama to take the bait and place the Culture War front and center. That's my political perspective.
My personal perspective is quite different. I think Prop 8 sucked.
Which is, basically, a way of saying, Thanks, all you gays who voted Democratic, we'll see you again in four years because there are a lot of issues on the table more important than your civil rights. We could have to spend some political capital on you, and that didn't work out too well for Bill Clinton.
[For fun, try replacing the word "gays" with the word "negroes" and see how it reads.]
Think about it, folks. There was never any way that Barack Obama was going to lose California no matter what he said. If he had even objected to the Mormons taking his comments on marriage out of context or made a single appeal to the legions of newly registered African-American voters not to allow their fellow American citizens to be treated the way they had been treated throughout history....
Prop 8 passed by 51%. A 1.1% difference, that was easily within Senator Obama's capability to deliver.
And he didn't.