Very very very nice.
Let’s just point out what is obvious anyway.
—On Obama coattails.
—On an anti-Repubican night.
—After the fact amendment, after the gay activists had managed to establish facts-on-the-ground, which aids in their Juggernaut-Inevitability Illusion quest.
. . . .Wait. Let me repeat that.
Actually, folks, if conservatives so choose in California—if they so choose—and outside of California, this could easily represent the high-water mark of the gay activist movement. We are 30 for 30 in passage of state amendments. And this victory—when the left had everything going in their favor—is simply stunning. Decisive. Breathtaking.
But wait. Why am I posting this, when we’ve already had discussions on two other threads about the passage of Prop 8?
Note that the gay activists never conceded the passage of the amendment. Why?
Well in part in order to dampen the reality of the victory of the other side. That’s the whole Juggernaut-Inevitability-Illusion quest. They need Americans—they need you to think that it’s inevitable.
So a part of the reason for Wednesday night’s “we want to make sure it passed, we’re just not sure, we need to count every vote” rhetoric was so that they could prepare their lawsuit with as few headlines blaring Prop 8’s victory as possible, so that the news headlines on Thursday would be about the lawsuit, not about the actual passage of Resolution 8.
They’re good at this, folks. And we can learn from them. But at least in this small blog, we’re not going to allow them to get away with the illusion quest.
Prop 8 passed. Traditional values won. This small front won.
Now we move on to other fronts. The coalition that was built during this fight needs to last, and build larger networks. I pray that those in California who have won these valuable lessons, and won in the face of insurmountable odds, and trounced the Juggernaut-Inevitability-Illusion will take some valuable intel out of this. And prepare for further battles.
LOS ANGELES—California voters have adopted a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, overturning the state Supreme Court decision that gave gay couples the right to wed just months ago.
The passage of Proposition 8 in Tuesday’s election represents a crushing political defeat for gay rights activists, who had hoped public opinion on the contentious issue had shifted enough since the state overwhelmingly passed an earlier gay marriage ban in 2000 to help them defeat the measure.
“We pick ourselves up and trudge on,” Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said early Wednesday when it appeared the measure was headed for passage. “There has been enormous movement in favor of full equality in eight short years. That is the direction this is heading, and if it’s not today or it’s not tomorrow, it will be soon.”
With almost all precincts reporting, election returns showed the measure winning with 52 percent. With election officials and others estimating 2 million to 3 million provisional and absentee ballots remained to be tallied, leaders of the No on 8 campaign said they were not ready to concede.
And oh yeah—I’m updating my 8 Things I Rejoice In post.