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November 10, 2008

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I have several things to say about this and I am going to just unload here, since I haven't felt comfortable talking much about this over on my corner of The Internet (Prop 8 became a hotbed of emotion at work, so I'm trying to keep out of that.)

I was also surprised and saddened about the passing of Prop 8. I was SO, SO sure this was going to be the election year we decided this issue once and for all in California. Unfortunately, it's issues like this that really get the conservatives moving and I'm sure they went out in heaps and bunches to vote for this.

People I've spoken to who voted for Prop 8 have a lot of different reasons for their choice. But I wanted to ask them this: if you're straight and you have a gay friend (and I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a person in CA who does not) could you honestly look them in the eye and tell them, "you do not deserve the things I deserve. You count less as a person than I do." Even if it's not your friend, even if it's just an acquaintance, how could you have any right at all to do that?

Someday we will look back at this time and be astonished that this was an issue. In the meantime I challenge anyone who voted for Prop 8 to call Anderson Cooper and tell him that he doesn't deserve the same rights as they do. Dammit.

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