Of course, they’re just a little shy of coming out and saying so, but then it’s always easier for a certain type to go after Mormons.
Even as the nation shattered one barrier of intolerance, we were disappointed that voters in four states chose to reinforce another. Ballot measures were approved in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida and California that discriminate against couples of the same sex.
We do not view these results as reason for despair. Struggles over civil rights never follow a straight trajectory, and the ugly outcome of these ballot fights should not obscure the building momentum for full equality for gay people, including acceptance of marriage between gay men and women. But the votes remind us of how much remains to be done before this bigotry is finally erased.
The most notable defeat for fairness was in California, where right-wing forces led by the Mormon Church poured tens of millions of dollars into the campaign for Proposition 8 — a measure to enshrine bigotry in the state’s Constitution by preventing people of the same sex from marrying.
Full disclosure: I would have voted “No” on Proposition 8 if I lived in California. I just don’t automatically hate people who voted “yes.”As you can see from the above, the NYT is doing its best to describe this in terms of the right-wing. However, the actual numbers from the exit polls tell a somewhat different story (note that the estimated result is 53%/47%):
White (63%) Yes 49%, No 51%
African-American (10%) Yes 70%, No 30%
Latino (18%) Yes 53%, No 47%
Asian (6%) Yes 49%, No 51%
Other (3%) Yes 51%, No 49%
Obama (60%) Yes 32%, No 68%
McCain (38%) Yes 84%, No 16%
And here’s the general election exit polling for California (final result Obama 61%/McCain 37%):
White (63%) Obama 52%, McCain 46%, Other 2%
African-American (10%) Obama 94%, McCain 5%, Other 1%
Latino (18%) Obama 74%, McCain 23%, Other 3%
Asian (6%) Obama 64%, McCain 35%, Other 1%
Other (3%) Obama 55%, McCain 41%, Other 4%
The fact that California is a very Blue state, and that Obama pretty much swept the field, simplifies matters a lot here. Bottom line is that while White voters may be divided on same-sex marriage, African-American voters are generally not – and between them and the Latino vote, they were able to pass Proposition 8. Which makes them bigots in the New York Times’ eyes… except that the NYT doesn’t have the guts to say that in print. Hence the attack on Mormons, who were after all public enough in this battle royale to bear the weight of the Left’s disapproval.
As I said before, I was against passing Proposition 8. But this is the worst sort of cheap shot from the Times: they know full well that this would never have passed without the enthusiastic support of minority voters… which is precisely the last thing that the Times’ readers want to read. So instead we get an incredibly convolution twisting from the actual situation – a reliable Democratic state with a highly diverse population decisively rejects same-sex marriage – to a nonsensical scenario where the inability of gay people to get married in Sacramento is solely due to all those nefarious Mormons. This one is essentially an internal matter for the Left, folks: you’re going to have to ask your own people what happened.
Starting with the President-elect, I’m thinking.