WTF - No more Mr. Nice Gay: in California, even chickens have rights!
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The byline was taken from various reactions shown on signs in the crowd of some 10,000 protesters that marched against the recent California vote to take away equal rights for gay people to marry the individual of their choice.
The above shows SF electoral map for Prop 8--below is a link to statewide map
Proposition 8 county-by-county results map »
Why I am Angry
I was prepared last week to feel exulted--instead I got insulted. By the very same folks that came out in droves to elect the first African-American President. A president I had long hoped for and finally had a chance to vote for. But while California Proposition 2 on animal rights passed, it was not alone: California Proposition 8 also passed--and took away the constitutional rights of millions of human beings to love and marry the individual of their choice regardless of gender.
That's not just a civil rights violation--it is a human rights violation
You're damn right I am angry--angry is not the right word. I am pissed!
So pissed I could not even write for a week because I was afraid I'd go overboard in expressing my disappointment and disillusionment. I stayed home angry and depressed while thousands took to the street in protest. It was around the time that the movie Milk (2008) got out--the movie about Harvey Milk, played by Sean Penn. His assassin and former collegue on the Board of Supervisors, Dan White, is played by Josh Brolin. Josh also played George W. Bush in the movie W. (2008). Josh is getting really good at playing real life killers. White only killed two people, Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone; George W. has murdered many, many more.
But I never had high expectations of the likes of Dan White or George W. Bush to begin with.
With Barack Obama, I had hoped an entirely new era was about to dawn. The timing, I thought, was propitious, for Obama would get out the vote among millions of folks who had never bothered to vote before, because their expectations of the electoral system were so low. Folk who themselves had been the victims of discrimination, hatred and bigotry. But I was wrong. And I should have known better, for as early as last year I had written about the homophobia and xenophobia among the Black Evangelical community.
It ain't right folks!
This is what I wrote in http://forthuyse.googlepages.com/intelligentdesignrevisited:
The doubts they voiced about Obama, his 'lack of experience' simply are outshined by his aura, his voice, his presence--they bespeak someone that can deliver on the promises made, someone who will make the effort to deliver on his convictions, someone who transcends the gutter politics of swift boating and race baiting and gay-bashing, someone who has the intelligence and charisma and sound judgment that has been so desperately lacking in Washington. Experience ex-smearience. Barack's experience is more universal than the mere nuts and bolts of practical politics--his experience is the experience of the human heart--coupled with an unusually high level of intelligence, unhindered by ideological blinders.
The other night I was listening to Cornell West, who, like Ted, Caroline and Patrick Kennedy, John Kerry and Bill Bradley has endorsed Barack. He was not uncritical of him, which I can appreciate. But I did disagree with Cornell on one point he made: he said that blacks, unlike most whites, will vote for the underdog, for those not in power, those ignored by society and by Washington.
He is wrong. The reason so many Latinos seem to have moved toward Hillary is because the Black community has been even more vociferous and nasty about the issue of undocumented aliens than most whites.
But like Leno said: you cannot accuse Hispanics in the same breath of being lazy and of stealing your jobs. Lazy people don't steal your job. Industrious people do. And they do so because their countries of origin have failed to open up opportunities for them.
Gay people now have to face the fact that many racial minorities only seem to care for the human rights of their own particular group--that in the very same action they would vote for the first presidential candidate from a racial minority, while taking away the human right of millions of others--many of which do in fact also belong to their own racial minority.
What TF happened to Solidarity?
I am deliberately using the term human rights, not civil rights.
Civil rights can be bestowed on people by a constitution--and apparently they can be taken away by a constitutional amendment as it was in California last week --and not even by the two thirds majority one might expect to be required for such a drastic measure! No, the measure passed by a simple majority with a razor thin margin! But it won't stand.
11-13) 18:17 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court has asked state Attorney General Jerry Brown (see picture below) to reply by Monday to lawsuits challenging the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage - a sign that the justices are taking the cases seriously and will not dispose of them quickly.
They argue that the initiative, a state constitutional amendment, violates other provisions of the California Constitution by taking rights away from a historically persecuted minority group and stripping judges of their power to protect that group. The couples' suits contend that Prop. 8 makes such fundamental changes that it amounts to a constitutional revision, which can be placed on the ballot only by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.
Unlike civil rights, human rights are not dependant on what a man made or man amended constitution says. Human right are more basic than that. Human rights cannot be taken away. They are self evident and inherent in our humanity itself.
This was recognized, not bestowed, in the Declaration of Independance--prior to the Constitution
Human rights also are not collective rights, group rights or copular rights--by which I mean the rights of a couple of individuals, not mating or copulation rights. NO! Human rights are individual rights. Human rights are inherent in the humanity of each and every individual human being. Each individual has the inherent human right to love and find a mate in another human individual--regardless of either individual's gender, race or religion. It is an individual human right to be considered equal.
Even in San Francisco itself, there were three districts that voted to take away the human rights of millions of individual gay people--and those districts were Bayview-Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and Chinatown--to their shame!
All other parts of the city voted to uphold the Constitutional rights of Gay people. If you check out the electoral map statewide, similar patterns emerge.
Bayview-Hunters Point happens to be mostly Black. Visitacion Valley is a mix of people but has a large Philippino population and Chinatown is, well, Chinatown. Nuffsaid. That is not to say that there were no other minorities which could not overcome their hatred, fear and bigotry--but in other districts they were outnumbered by others, more fair-minded.
I am not trying to stir up race hatred. Au contraire. I have always marched and voted, voted and marched for the human rights and civil rights of all minorities--even before I was aware I was Gay myself--and still a Christian. I am merely recognizing which has become too obvious to be ignored any longer. And so I feel I have to write about that now.
When AIDS struck the Gay community, it was racial minorities and evangelical Christians who blamed the disease on us--even saying it was a punishment from God! Even though it had come out of Africa, by way of Haiti, places where it has always been and still is primarily a Straight affliction. Because of the blind bigotry of the Black community, it has now become primarily a Black affliction even in America itself. It has more to do with a lack of eductaion and religious misguidance. I blame the pastors and theologians most of all. To them I say--the writing is on the wall:
Mene Mene Tekel Ufarsin: you have been weighed and found lacking.
Since I voted for Obama I fully expect him to say more than just a few words to the homophobic Christian community that voted for him. He has to tell them the truth. And I respect the man too much to fear that he won't. He may have failed to do so before the election out of political expediency--and that is understandable. He gave a magnificent speech on race. Now he has too match that magnificence in speaking out on homophobia as well. Not in a mean way, but in a way that will bring people together. Now that the election is over he must talk to the folks he has been going to church with over the years.
Americans have to be re-educated on the matter of human rights.
City Attorney Herrera, who is a lead counsel in the public sector legal effort, was first to address the five-member board in support of the motion. “No matter what your view of same-sex marriage, the passage of Proposition 8 has pushed California to the brink of a constitutional crisis, and it’s important to understand why,” said Herrera. “This measure sought to do something that no constitutional amendment has ever done in our history: to strip a fundamental right from a protected class of citizens.” He said in doing so, it did not merely undo a narrowly disfavored Supreme Court decision. He said its effect is nowhere near so simple or elegant. “Rather, it upended a doctrine of separation of powers deeply rooted in our system of governance; it trounced upon the independence of our state’s judiciary; and it eviscerated the most foundational principle of our state’s constitution. He noted if allowed to stand, Prop 8 would so devastate the principle of equal protection that it could endanger the fundamental rights of any potential electoral minority - even for protected classes based on race, religion, and gender.
“It would mean that a bare majority of voters could enshrine any manner of discrimination against any unpopular group - and our state constitution would be powerless to disallow it,” Herrera said. “Let us be clear: equal protection of the laws is what separates constitutional democracy from mob rule tyranny. It is a principle reaching back eight centuries to the Magna Carta. And it is what guided the founding of our state and our nation.”
Cartogram of the U.S. showing blue and red areas in accordance with size of population rather than geography.
Geographical land areas do not vote--people do
Alaska is not even shown--in terms of population it would be about the size of San Francisco. The Senate does not reflect democracy--it relects geocracy. It is a system so enshrined that it can no longer be changed--but it should.