California Voters to Gay Couples: No You Can't

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Last night was a great night for everyone except gays and Republicans. Gay Republicans, you’re particularly SOL.

 

Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment on the ballot in California to reverse a May ruling that had allowed same-sex marriages, passed 52-48. The stifling of civil liberties was especially ill-fitting, considering the human rights gains being shared by all Americans at the top of the ticket. No word yet on the fate of West Banker Ellen DeGeneres and the state’s other 18,000 gay married couples.

 

In Florida and Arizona, paranoid citizens voted to preempt the issue. And in Arkansas, a measure passed that prevented unmarried couples (no footnote necessary) from adopting. For the United States, it seems, it’s another case of so close, and yet so far away.       

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