With 92% of the precincts reporting(as of 9:30 AM EST) supporters of Prop 8 are leading 51.9% to 48.1%. Many in the gay community are holding out hope until the last minute but it looks like this battle has been lost...for now.
I'm opening up this post to get your thoughts on the results of Prop 8 and what you think our community should do going forward to secure equality for EVERY citizen under the law.
What do you think went wrong?
What could the No on 8 campaign could have done differently?
What do you think this means for the 16,000 gay and lesbian couples married in California?
Was huge black voter turnout a factor in passage of the amendment?
Are black gay organizations not doing enough to combat homophobia in the black community?
Do you think marriage equality will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court?
It'll probably be a few days before I can write a complete analysis of Prop 8 in CA, Prop 102 in Arizona, and Amendment 2 in FL , but I want to leave you with two different perspectives on the initiatives from LGBT folks that really hit home with me that I found on the web.
"Here in my odd world of California, there is a weird comparison that can be made between Propositions 2 and 8.
Proposition 2 is described in the initiative as follows:
The purpose of this Act is to prohibit the cruel confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.
So in my mind, perhaps the saddest commentary on "liberal" Californians sense of equality and fairness is to say that in my home state where, to this point, 63.3% of its voters found the mistreatment of farm animals something worthy of being legislated against, and 52.8% of voters believed eliminating the fundamental right of gays and lesbians to marry worthy of a state constitutional amendment.
Whether or not Proposition 8 ends up being defeated or being approved by California voters, one way to look at the Prop 8 vote is in light of the Proposition 2 vote. And that is that a larger percentage of Californians are against mistreating farm animals in how these animals are caged than are against mistreating gay and lesbian human beings by eliminating their fundamental marriage rights. Put simply, If one evaluates by the votes cast and the percentages of the votes cast, the rights of farm animals appear to be more important to Californians than the rights of gay and lesbian human beings." -Autumn Sandeen
"As for those of us who were married in the state of California since June 17th, please remember that we have built strong relationships against all odds, with little support of friends, family, and/or society since the history of time. I am going to fall asleep next to the person I love, the very same person I've been committed to for the past ten years, the same guy I married July 3rd, and I will awake next to that same man and keep that promise I made to him regardless of what the voters of California say about my relationship; and together, he and I will continue our fight for full equality. I hope that the rest of you will be with us in that fight."-Mike