Why the Anti-Gay Marriage Proposition Won

Despite the leftward tilt in Tuesday’s election, voters in three large states — California, Arizona, and Florida — passed propositions defining marriage as heterosexual only. There are several reasons why these propositions passed, but one stands out as worthy of mention, at least regarding the California vote.

The pro-amendment forces were running a devastating ad showing a self-satisfied San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom shouting wild-eyed at a rally that same-sex marriage was inevitable “whether you like it or not.” The announcer then said darkly, “It’s no longer about tolerance. Acceptance of gay marriage is now mandatory.” Many fence sitters were turned off by Newsom’s arrogance.

It’s not just Newsom’s arrogance. The whole gay rights movement is increasingly dominated by shrill activists whose in-your-face tactics turn off straight people. Their behavior confirms the fears of many, that the gay rights issue is not about simple tolerance; it’s about defiance — brash, arrogant, fist-shaking, you’d-better-accept-this-or-else defiance. Normal people will react negatively to that kind of pushiness every time, regardless of the merits of the cause.

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5 responses to “Why the Anti-Gay Marriage Proposition Won

  1. two reasons I believe that it passed
    1. The mormon church poured millions into the campaign
    and
    2. high black voter turn-out. Black voters have traditionaly been very strong on so called “family values” issues. So while gay voters predominately voted for a black president black voters elected to dissmiss the rights of gays.
    justice and equinimity are but mere words

  2. This should just not even be a issue, It should be a given right, why the need to pass a law on same sex marriage .
    The activists are angry and rightly so, as a whole we judge !

  3. Normal people? Give me a break. Gays and lesbians are normal people. They are all around you — your banker, your mailman, and — gasp — your child’s teacher. Get over it already. By what logic do you and your intrusive government deny them the right to declare their love, monogamy and sharing of proerty, with legal protection? Replace ‘gay” with “black” and brash with uppity and maybe you’ll understand your bigotry.

  4. Hope and change for some — not for all.

  5. Sigh… gay “rights”, “bigotry” as disagreement with preference… All we need now is for one of the above to shout “HITLER!!” and you’d be all set.

    Re: Ozy’s list: apparently, he doesn’t think much of others’ ability to reason their way to a viewpoint other than his, seeing how he draws a correlation between the amount of money spent by the LDS and the results of the proposition. Support from Whites, who make up the vast majority of the LDS, would have struck down prop 8. Exactly how many Blacks and Hispanics does he think voted the way the Mormons told them to? I guess libs don’t want you to “vote your interests,” as they’re always demanding, when it’s counter to their own.

    As to the “right” to gay “marriage” the others allude to, I’ll let Thomas Sowell handle that. He puts the lie to the gay/black equivalence as well.

    It’s never been about equal “rights”, but redefining a centuries-old institution to suit their interests. “Homosexuals were on their strongest ground when they said that the law had no business interfering with relations between consenting adults. Now they want the law to put a seal of approval on their behavior. But no one is entitled to anyone else’s approval.”

    I hope you’re taking all this with a sense of humor. Keep up the good fight!

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