Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Codifying Bigotry

Yesterday was a good day for reason and hope. A black man won the presidency and his race was irrelevant to most voters. Propositions in my state on medical marijuana and stem cell research passed.

Yet, bigotry against gay people was reaffirmed. Arizona and Florida voters passed same sex marriage bans. Most surprising, California voters narrowly overturned the state's Supreme Court decision and also banned gay marriage, possibly (stunningly) revoking the marriages already in place. Bans on gay marriage now exist in nearly all states. That will undoubtedly change in the future. For now, we can at least name it properly - simple bigotry.