The article also points out that the Presidential campaign and California's Prop 8 have diverted funding and attention from Arizona's Prop 102. Believe it or not, I agree with "mcjoan" that Prop 8 "should be higher profile".
From my observations as a resident of southern California, however, the "No on 8" crowd isn't about equality or tolerance at all:
- A California court legislated from the bench to create a "right" for homosexuals to marry. This legal decision by four judges in San Francisco overturned Proposition 22, which was supported by 61% of California's voters at the polls in 2000. Given this example of liberals' penchant for using the activist bench to overturn the results of a free and fair vote, Arizona is right to prevent its own legislation from being similarly invalidated by activist judges.
- Before any Californian could even consider Proposition 8, Attorney General Jerry Brown, a long-time liberal California Democrat, abused the authority of his office by changing the wording of the initiative's title.
- In an infamous speech, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom shouted that Californians will be forced to accept homosexual marriage, "whether you like it or not."
- Despite the "No on 8" crowd's assertion that gay marriage would not be taught in schools, first-graders in San Francisco were recently taken on a school field trip to attend their teacher's wedding to her same-sex partner. At a Sacramento public charter school tomorrow, students will be forced to participate in a celebration of "Coming Out Day" without prior official notification of their parents by the school. As it currently stands, California law would mandate such "education".
- "No on 8" supporters are using theft and intimidation as tactics to subvert the democratic process. Sadly, news stories about such incidents are becoming routine in California. A "Yes on 8" volunteer was physically attacked by a "No on 8" supporter who was distributing campaign yard signs. These same yard signs have been routinely stolen shortly after being set up, despite the fact that this is a crime that carries a $1000 fine in California. Well beyond this behavior, which is apparently considered "routine" by police, are acts of vandalism and graffiti slurs against Prop 8 supporters.
Whenever conservatives work through the established political process to stand up for their social beliefs, it's invariably seen as skullduggery by liberals. This paranoia appears to be the left wing's a priori assumption about conservatives. However, left-wingers are characteristically blind to their own tactics, especially when they take a turn down the political low road.
In Response To: Equality in Arizona