I was very disappointed to wake up yesterday morning to find that Proposition 8 had passed in California the previous night.  And not only that, but Arizona and Florida passed similar movements as well.  Proposition 8 having been passed, now has amended the California state constitution to effectively ban same-sex marriage and define a marriage as only between a man and a woman.  Though I don’t know the details of the similar constitutional bans that were passed in Arizona and Florida, they’re just as frustrating to think about.  I just don’t see how people can be so hateful.

It was only earlier this year that the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal, and all the happy couples flocked to be wed.  They just wanted to show that them being gay by no means lessens their relationship or love for each other, and wanted to have that same level of committment and bond that everyone else gets to enjoy.  The supporters of proposition 8 said that they’re trying to “protect marriage” and make sure it doesn’t lose it’s value.  What the hell is wrong with these people?  How are they protecting it?  By getting divorces?  By constantly having extra-marital affairs?  By often not getting married and just being sexually promiscuous all their lives?  Show me how they’re backing up their own words.

The main argument is that the Bible defines marriage as between a man and a woman.  That’s fine.  I am by no means discounting this and saying it isn’t true.  Nor am I saying I interpret the Bible differently.  I’m merely stating that the United States of America is not supposed to be ruled by any one religion, nor should it’s laws be based off said religion.  Stating that the Bible is against gay marriage doesn’t amount to anything when it comes time to pass a law about the same subject.  We have a (supposed) separation of church and state for a reason, but when it’s convenient the religious leaders and followers will just so happen to forget about it.

Those that oppose Proposition 8 are still holding onto hope that absentee ballots still being tallied will tip the scales in their favor, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.  It broke my heart to see pictures of the supporters of Proposition 8 dancing and smiling and hugging each other when it passed.  I didn’t see joy in those pictures – I saw hate.  Plain and simple.  They actively campaigned against granting equal rights and they see nothing wrong with it.  These people who so adamently defend their position on how the Bible states marriage is between a man and a woman seem to forget that it also says not to judge and to love your neighbor; that any judgment to be done will only be done by God.  Yet these people yelled and were spiteful to those against Proposition 8, and celebrated their victory as if they’d just bought their salvation.

I weep for America.