Even while I’ve been marinating in schadenfreude over Obama’s probable victory come November 4, I’ve been trying to ignore the fact that Proposition 8, the prop that would amend California’s constitution to deny gay citizens of their full rights, seemed likely to pass. But just a few days ago I came across this item.
“We’re finally matching proponents dollar for dollar after being outspent for weeks on TV and radio. That’s the good news. The challenge is to keep it up, particularly as Proposition 8 continues to be largely funded by the Mormon Church and its members. They’ve already, by their own admission, contributed over $10M of the $28.8M raised by proponents. And they have the capability to produce a sudden tidal wave of money into Prop 8.
See, California is not as liberal as everyone who doesn’t actually live here likes to pretend it is. You have Los Angeles and the Bay Area, which are islands of godless hedonism; then between them you have a sea of blood-Red Staters . You know, the kind of people who wouldn’t vote for Obama because “OMG HIS MIDDLE NAME IS HUSSEIN!!1!“. The state almost always goes to the Democrat in the presidential races, because that part of the state has a much lower population density; but if you hang out in San Joaquin or Butte counties, you aren’t going to run into a lot of latte-sippin’, Volvo-drivin’ women’s studies professors.
Looking at a red-blue breakdown of counties, it goes like this…instructional visual after the jump!
I don’t want to be premature, obviously we can’t just sit back on our butts and ride it out until election day; it’s important that everyone who believes that gays and lesbians deserve the full civil rights accorded to them by the Constitution continue to shout about it until election day. But this is good news.
What infuriates me the most about the Yes on 8 side is that they’re being funded almost entirely by out-of-state hate groups that want to impose their selective version of a Christian theocracy on California. Bay of Fundie has a really excellent entry on where the $$$ is coming from (hint: Not from secular and/or California-based organizations), and how all the commercials for Yes on 8 are a tissue of lies from beginning to end. (I’m also indebted to the site for the image above.)
I’m also impressed with this group: Mormons for Marriage, which is against Prop 8. Especially because the LDS church has been pouring tithes into the Yes on 8 coffers for months. It takes guts to take this kind of stand against your church. I bet these people are pretty sick of being told “I’ll pray for you” (where “I’ll pray for you” is code for “BURN IN HELL YOU SODOMITE!!1!”) from their fellow church members. I noticed their comments have been closed, I can only assume that’s the result of “concerned” comments from their fellow “Christians”.
In related news, Proposition 4, the “parental notification” abortion law, is narrowly holding on to a 2% lead; but there are still a lot of undecided voters, so all is not lost. We need to see a concentrated media blitz from the No on 4 groups, like we’ve been seeing from No on 8 recently. I mean, a lot of those undecideds have to be pro-choicers who aren’t sure that “notification” is necessarily a bad thing, they just need to be better informed (and shown that the whole “Sarah’s Law” jiggery-pokery is a huge load of manure.)