just read this fantastic post on the absurdity of prop 8 over at a slacktivist.
here’s a snippet:
This was a ballot measure attempting to clarify the meaning of the state’s constitution, restricting the application of certain “rights” to only certain Californians and not to others.
The word rights is in scare quotes there necessarily because that word cannot be made to do what Californians are trying to make it do there. Rights, by definition, are rights for all. If a “right” exists for me, but not for thee, then it isn’t really a right at all, merely a privilege.
And please note that this is what has happened here. For all the scaremongering “defense of marriage” language used by supporters of Proposition 8, the passage of this silly measure actually dealt the institution a severe blow. What had been a right is now only a privilege — a privilege that the state is free to withhold as it sees fit. Yielding that kind of power to the state is not the sort of thing that a free people ought to be doing if they wish to remain a free people.