Any notion that Tuesday’s election represented a liberal juggernaut must overcome a detail from the voting booths of California: The same voters who turned out strongest for Barack Obama also drove a stake through the heart of same-sex marriage.
Seven in 10 African Americans who went to the polls voted yes on Proposition 8, the ballot measure overruling a state Supreme Court judgment that legalized same-sex marriage and brought 18,000 gay and lesbian couples to Golden State courthouses in the past six months.
The gay activists now preaching violence in their outrage over the defeat of Prop 8 will be among those most disappointed by the Obama administration. He’s been clear that he considers marriage the union of one man and one woman.
Of course, that belief is more strongly held in Islamic nations (where being a homosexual can be fatal) than in the U.S., so if President-elect Obama learned anything from his father and stepfather, his view is not surprising.
What I will never understand, though, is why 70% of African-Americans in one of the most liberal states in the union can vote against same-sex marriage while over 90% of them vote for the political party that supports it.