Here in California, we have the dubious pleasure of voting on Proposition 8, which defines marriages as being between a man and a woman. In other words, “Sorry homosexuals, you don’t really love each other.” Now, a lot has been written in the atheist community against said proposition, and make no mistakes, I voted against it via absentee ballot, but I’d like to say a few things I like about the proposition.
1) It’s Easy to Understand – Nearly every proposition on the ballot (particularly the green initiatives) were so full of loopholes and confusing lingo that I’m sure I voted incorrectly on at least 3 of them. This one is short, simple, and sweet: “Do you hate the gays?” Personally, no gay person has done worse than moderately irritate me with discussions of the latest episode of Sex and the City, though many have made me laugh, see the beauty in the world, or rock out.
2) The Supporting Billboards Make Me Happy – Imagine the ad below, but without any text:
Yay! We live in a homo free zone!
I don’t know about you, but it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
Of course, it makes you wonder if the people supporting the proposition have any idea what it’s about at all, since there’s no gay symbols crossed out on it, nor are there any swastikas, but I have to give these people the benefit of the doubt. After all, it’s a pretty simple proposition (see: 1).
3) Not Everybody’s a Bigot – True, I’ve seen a bunch of bumper stickers and such supporting Prop 8, but I haven’t talked to anyone on either side of the political spectrum who actually supports it. The votes for and against it are neck and neck right now, but the church right around the corner of my apartment has a huge banner saying that they support gay marriage. That’s pretty cool of them.
4) This is the One Issue that Unites All Four Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates – Through gay marriage, Obama, McCain, Biden, and Palin have found their common ground. They all come out against it. In other words, when all is said and done at the end of this 2008 election, we will not and can not have a president who supports gay marriage. Which sounds like a bad thing, but through all the disagreements we’ve had over these past few months with William Ayers and ACORN, taxing the poor and giving to the rich, and voting with Bush 90% of the time, it was starting to seem like these guys didn’t agree with each other on anything. But they do: unequal rights for homosexuals!
So, sure, Prop 8 takes away certain unalienable rights from a underrepresented minority (we bitch and moan about a lack of Atheists in congress, but are there any gays?… not anymore!) and all that, but in a time of dirty politics, it’s nice to see that we can all agree on something.