Thursday, November 06, 2008

Crippling Ignorance

Following my last post, I'm disappointed to see that California has voted for Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage within the state. Quite how the same people can also vote for Barack Obama who opposed the proposition and specifically mentioned including gays in his acceptance speech I don't know, but I'm sure that the San Francisco Chronicle is correct that religious prejudices had something to do with it.

How much longer will we be held back by such crippling ignorance? When will people simply learn to live and let live? If consenting adults choose to live their lives in a particular way without adversely affecting anyone else, then where is the problem? This week has seen a great victory against racism, but there is clearly still a long way to go.

6 comments:

  1. Ok *deep breath*

    Isn't it just democracy in action? When was the last time we had something like that in the UK?

    Are you just saying that democracy is fine as long as the result matches your opinion?

    Personally I think it is a bit strange - but people at least had the right to vote.

    Paul (wise guy)

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  2. Hi Paul,

    I wasn't making any point about democracy, only about ignorance and prejudice.

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  3. Hi John. I posted about this a week or two ago, after noticing how hard and bitter the campaigning had become on both sides. It's a subject I suspect is close to both our hearts, and Prop 8 was a real shame, not least because of the tens of thousands of couples who'd tied the knot over the summer and now face their marriages being invalidated ex post facto. The jury would still seem to be out on Obama's pro-gay qualifications. Some interesting reading I found, if you've got the time and inclination, is:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/05/barackobama-gayrights
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/05/uselections2008-gayrights
    ...and for a view from a blogger that my heart is breaking for, even if I can't bring myself to agree with her about much of what she writes:
    http://news.lavenderliberal.com/2008/11/05/its-over-the-mormons-won/ (the second half is about Obama)

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  4. Many thanks for that. Looks like I have some reading to do...

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  5. I see Prop 8 has been approved by the court - ie an attempt to overturn it has failed.

    What no-one seems to have noticed is that in California they already have "Domestic Partnerships" which can be registered. So (deep breath again) in Calfornia they have a position akin to the UK where we have Civil Partnerships not same-sex marriages.


    The piont is - we are not really in a position to criticise Californians when we have adopted a similar position to them - and no polictical party is proposing a change to our legislation.

    Paul

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  6. Yes I know, but I don't see why that stops me from criticising. As I said in the post, if consenting adults choose to live their lives in a particular way without adversely affecting anyone else, then where is the problem?

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