As thrilled as I am at the election of Barack Obama as the nation's first African-American president, I am so disappointed over the outcome of Proposition 8 in California. The ballot measure banning gay marriage passed with the support of more than 52 percent of the vote. Opponents of same-sex marriage also won in Arizona and Florida.
I have to admit that I'm too angry and heartsick to blog about the California vote at any length. I'm afraid I'll write something that I'll regret.
But I have to say this: What angers me the most is the way supporters of Proposition 8 tried to argue that they were protecting families, and especially children, from some supposed threat posed by same-sex couples getting married. I will never understand how it could possibly hurt one straight man, woman or child in California if gay and lesbian citizens were treated equally under the law.
Perhaps a couple of years ago, I could have been detached about it, but not anymore, not when they're talking about good, decent people, friends who have enriched my life immeasurably. I have seen my gay and lesbian friends' relationships up close, I have been a guest in their homes. I know that their love harms no one, threatens no one. It especially does not threaten children.
There are many, many threats to children in this world, including inadequate health care, inadequate education, a lack of decent food and housing, domestic violence and the inability of their parents to earn a living wage. I don't see a groundswell of support to do anything about any of them.
As a Jew, I know from history what it's like to have lies told about you, how dangerous that can be, how difficult it is to bring truth to the forefront. Martin Luther King said that "no lie can live forever." I hope he was right.