November 5th, 2008

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Tears of joy, Tears of sorrow...

I was personally involved with California's "No on Prop 8" campaign for some time, and yesterday I spent a pain-staking 12 hours on my feet in Rancho Mirage, CA spreading the word that Proposition 8 was discrimination and repealed rights of a minority of Californians. At 10:00 AM PST today, it looks like Prop 8 is going to pass by a slim margin (52% against same-sex marriage, 48% in agreement with same-sex marriage).

I must admit that the "No On Prop 8" campaign was executed badly. Advertisements weren't as good as they should have, many basic messages about same-sex marriage, families and churches weren't made, including the overall message that Proposition 8 would 'take AWAY rights of citizens'. To make matters worse, although there were many people that volunteered to help work this issue, the coordination behind the volunteers was lousy. Finally, once again, too many gays and lesbians didn't get involved, preferring to celebrate Halloween and Gay Pride before the looming election. One demonstration in Palm Springs had six 'No On Prop 8' supporters (four of them being straight P-FLAG members), while a mob of 75 'Yes On Prop 8' outnumbered them.

Of course, the 'Yes On Prop 8' folks used outright lies and fear-mongering in their advertising and managed an 11th hour campaign that appeared on the front page of facebook and elsewhere. They also used a robo-call system to play a message from Barack Obama (out of context) where is said he disagreed with gay marriage. Obama believed Prop 8 was wrong.

It's enough to make one go out and burn down a few churches, but that wouldn't help matters very much at all. For the amount of money we raised, we had a miserably run campaign against Prop 8 and we had terrible coordination, and unlike Massachusetts, we lost. All I can hope is that we can overturn this somehow in the near future.

On the other hand, I was moved to tears by the landslide for Barack Obama and the democratic party in the House and Senate. After so the democrat defeats (many which I felt were 'stolen' by the republicans), there was no question who won this time! What an amazing time it is to live in the United States. In just a few hours, I could feel hope returning to this country. To my log cabin friends (self-hating, gay republicans): although you don't know it, your rights have been preserved in this landmark election!!

In summation, although gays and lesbians might have lost some ground in California, Florida and Arizona; overall, we're ahead overall as liberal democrats, which means equal rights for all (thanks to the nomination by Obama of non-conservative supreme court justices) will be ensured.