November 5th, 2008

Obama/Biden Pride


WONDERFUL speech. BRILLIANT. Quick thoughts:

  • I heard JFK, MLK and Clinton in that voice. He has a preacher's cadence. Very presidential.

  • Notice the diversity of the crowd? Not so much in Arizona.

  • He mentioned gays! (OK, it's kind of sad that just the mention is exciting, but it's still exciting!)

  • He mentioned Q! (Well, first-time voters...)

  • He quoted Lincoln. Good god, could anything have been more appropriate? Just beautiful.

  • I love Joe Biden. Just sayin'.

  • The Secret Service is going to have their work cut out for them for the next 4-8 years. Oy.

  • OK, Democrats - we won the House, Senate and the Big Chair. DON'T GET COCKY. Please. Let's remain calm and rational

All in all, I couldn't be happier.
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Thoughts on the "protection" of marriage

I'm hearing Prop 8 in California is leading in votes towards passing, but it's close enough that the absentee ballots may make a difference, so I'm holding out hope. Still disappointed with losing in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado and Florida.

I have to say, though, that I'm not too worried. The way I've always predicted this will go is that somewhere along the line all these marriage bans will end up at the US Supreme Court and get struck down, if for no other good reason (of which there are many), due to full faith and credit. In California's specific case, they now have two conflicting laws in the state constitution - one says equality, one says not. This, too, will end up back in the courts, and if the California Supreme Court follows its own precedence it will rule that Prop 8 conflicts with equality, and will be struck down. That's part of their job, is to clarify when things conflict. It'll just take a little longer.

Needless to say, this affects us, as Q and I are definitely on the path to get married, and were going to pursue it further after we moved. (We will anyway, but this just kind of sucks for us, and even more so for all the other couples that are already married - yet another legal quandry they'll have to deal with.)

At least Michigan is allowing some legalized marijuana and stem cell research, Colorado and South Dakota didn't outlaw abortion, and Washington will allow for assisted suicide for terminal patients.
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Bad religion! No heaven!

Pissed off about Prop 8? Try this:

Alert the IRS the Mormons are meddling in politics and should be investigated in regards to their tax-exempt status.

beastbriskett has posted the forms and information needed for you to let the IRS know that a religious institution that goes into the political biz is, you know, against the law and stuff.

(I mean, you'd think, historically, the Mormons would be all about the dreaded "slippery slope" that might lead to the heady days of polygamy and all...)

Thanks to gullinbursti for the heads up!