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Digest for November 9th through November 17th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 9th through November 17th:

  • Citizen Crain: Prop 8 and common sense (II) – Conceivably pro-same sex marriage advocates could put the question on the ballot again in 2010. This time for numerous reasons, including that it is not a presidential election year, same sex marriage may win by the same narrow margin by which it just lost. Same sex marriage would once again be legal. That of course would provoke the anti-same sex marriage folks, including the Mormons, who would redouble their efforts in the presidential election year of 2012 to once again outlaw same sex marriage. They might be able to win again in 2012. I think you get the picture. With the margin of victory or loss being so close, there could be a ridiculous back and forth legal mess. The Supreme Court should consider the possibility of on again, off again civil rights and all that implies before they validate Prop 8. Civil rights by a simple majority that could change every couple of years would be a disaster.
  • Citizen Crain: Prop 8 and common sense – Jump forward to Prop 8. It was the exact same wording as Prop 22, only this time they labeled it a constitutional amendment. It passed by only 52% to 48% — much much less support support than Prop 22. But this time they called it a constitutional amendment instead of a ballot initiative. The same wording passed with less support. Does it make sense in any legal scheme that simply changing what it is labeled on the ballot (and getting fewer votes) should allow it to "stick" this time? Not in my law book of common sense.
  • Yet Another Reason the GOP Failed | AlterNet – As Republicans sift through the ashes of their latest defeat, the data shard that Democrats probably most hope their battered rivals ignore is this one: Voters ages 18 to 29 — who cast nearly one in five ballots — favored Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain by 66 percent to 32 percent. In contrast, voters ages 65 and older — about 16 percent of the 2008 vote — favored McCain 53 percent to 45 percent, exit polls show.
  • Zakaria: GOP bereft of ideas or trapped by wrong ones – – The Republican Party has become a party bereft of ideas or trapped by the wrong ones. The Reagan-Thatcher revolution of low taxes, deregulation and tight money isn't relevant to the problems of under-regulated financial products, huge deficits and a deepening recession. Add to that the Republican Party's social program is out of tune with an increasingly young, diverse and tolerant electorate. Something similar has happened in foreign policy. Voters have seemed to sense that there is a new world out there and that the solutions presented by McCain in his campaign didn't address the change.
  • The GOP’s last chance: Become Democrats | Salon – The right's love affair with the feckless Palin indicates it has learned nothing from the Bush and McCain debacles. Bush's presidency was a decisive refutation of the idea that Republicans can win by playing only to true believers. And McCain's fateful decision to embrace the Bush-Rove play-to-the-base strategy cost him any chance he had at winning the election. Right-wing ideologues are suffering from massive cognitive dissonance (not to mention a healthy helping of denial). They can't grasp why their party imploded because the vast majority of them always supported Bush and his policies and still do. A few conservative critics have blasted him for lacking fiscal discipline, but most right-wing pundits liked Bush's policies just fine — until the public turned on him and on McCain.
  • Protect Gay Married Couples: Three Suggestions | New America Blogs – Lost in all the publicity about post-election No on 8 protests is the question of whether the 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot this year in California will see their marriages voided by the courts. Protecting these marriages is essential as a matter of humanity, of avoiding a bigger legal mess. Here's how to respond.
  • Mombian » Blog Archive » LGBT Parents: the Forgotten Voices of Prop. 8 – What both sides made invisible by their actions were the 52,000 children being raised by 26,100 same-sex couples in California. The total number of children affected by the prejudice of Prop 8 is even higher, as 125,000 LGB Californians, including single parents, are raising children, according to the Williams Institute of UCLA, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005/2006 American Community Survey. LGBT parents are raising children in every California county, according to the 2000 U.S. Census. Interestingly, though, among the counties with the most same-sex couples raising children, the top six, and eight of the top 10, all voted in favor of Prop 8.
  • WoodMoor Village: Can I Vote on Your Marriage? – Check out the T-Shirt for sale at That is a great line, but I wonder if folks that wear it will get verbally assaulted or worse. You can also get it as a bumper sticker. Neat perspective by incongruity example for my Dramatism class next semester.
  • On the Castro Confrontation Incident – 1. If these soulless cretins went into an insular Hasidic community in Brooklyn and tried to tell the residents — who had been minding their own business — that they were sinners, that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and that God abhors their “lifestyle choices,” the response would have been quite uglier than this. 2. When the peaceable gay Christians of the Soulforce Equality Ride visit Evangelical colleges, seeking only to have a respectful dialog with students, the colleges’ theocratic Christianist administrators’ response is almost always the same: Set one foot on our campus and you will be arrested.
  • Stop…Obama time – – Not only the first black president of the United States of America, last Tuesday Barack Obama also became its first president to specifically acknowledge gays in an acceptance speech, thanking Americans both straight and gay. Four major pieces of pro-gay legislation should be passed within Obama’s first term.
  • On What “Closing Guantanamo” Does and Does Not Mean – In a post-Bush, post-Boumediene Washington, closing “Guantanamo the Base” (i.e., while merely transferring the remaining detainees to a military prison on U.S. soil, to face a prosecution that comports with due process) is a simple, uncomplicated yet important symbolic step that by itself would represent a tremendous step back from the brink, for it would repudiate, finally, the notion that we as a nation are ever entitled to behave lawlessly.
  • An Open Letter to L. Whitney Clayton – If someone were to walk up to me, hit me in the face for no legitimate reason and walk away, then I would probably not chase him down just to hit him back. But when someone walks up to me, hits me in the face for no legitimate reason and then tells me it’s “time to heal” — well, then I’m going to hit back.

One Comment

  1. I love the “Can I Vote on Your Marriage?” t-shirt/pin/sticker. I think it’s one of the best slogans to come out of this whole exasperating situation. It’s succinct, and really sends the point home. Thanks for the link.