I was wrong. Contrary to my question during yesterday’s event, the major media picked up the story of the Proposition 8 backlash protests after all, just not in real time.
Still, the AP has the story of the “nationwide” protest against California’s new law banning homosexual marriage three spots below news of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show on their headline page, so I don’t know whether the event had quite the impact organizers hoped for.
Look, people will do what they want, and I expect that this issue will ultimately be decided in favor of homosexual advocates. Enough of the courts lean that way, and sooner or later one of them will find in the spaces between the lines of the Constitution a fundamental right for anyone to marry anyone else.
That’s ridiculous, of course, as the U.S. Constitution doesn’t address the issue of marriage at all, which leaves the matter in the hands of the states. But it worked for pro-abort activists, so gay rights leaders will probably get their wish someday, too.
A couple of thoughts:
- It’s typical of the progressive movement that when the courts rule in their favor, it’s a done deal, a closed book, settled–as in Roe v. Wade, where pro-life protesters are characterized as dangerous, potentially violent radicals. When the people vote against the progressive issue of the day, it’s a call to rise up in righteous anger to overturn the wishes of the majority. Democracy only works when it’s on the right side of their issues.
- A quick look at the exit polls from California indicate that pro-gay activists better strike now while they have a chance. Blacks voted 70-30 and Latinos 54-46 for Prop 8, and they were 28% of the vote. Now, if we assume that the voters in California lean farther left than in most other states in the union, and if we assume that liberal immigration policies will make Latinos an ever greater proportion of the populace in the future, then it’s pretty safe guess that it will be tougher to pass legislation that legalizes gay marriage with each passing year.
- The progressive community that just voted Barack Obama into office is deeply split on homosexual marriage. Obama says he’s opposed to it, which reflects the vast majority of his black and Latino supporters. White progressives, not so much. It’s going to be an interesting coalition to watch if gay activists force the issue.
I truly wish Bible-believing Christians had enough influence to pass legislation like Prop 8, but looking around at our culture, it’s just not so. (Especially in California–are you kidding me?) The Mormons have lots of money, but they make up no more of the population than homosexuals (and probably far fewer in California).
No, this vote was won in the Latino and African-American communities of California’s major cities. But church-going white folk are a much easier target for the rage of frustrated gay activists.