Nov. 11 will forever be remembered as a new era in American history: an age of equality, an age of hope and an age of unlimited possibilities.
And an age of continued discrimination and hate.
This past Election Day, Americans seemed to finally have put race behind them when they elected Barack Obama for the virtue and ability of the man irrespective to the color of his skin. But, waking up the next morning, my heart broke when I heard that Proposition 8, which redefines marriage as the union of man and woman in the state of California, passed by the narrowest of margins.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of the passage of Proposition 8 is the fact that one minority group voted against another. According to exit polls, Prop 8 was largely helped by a high minority turnout driven by the excitement for Obama’s candidacy; these polls reported that 70 percent of African-Americans and more than half of Latino voters backed the proposition to take a right from a fellow minority. I’m angered with all these liberal individuals—a minority which has endured more than a century of discrimination and segregation—who mobilized behind Obama for “change,” but didn’t turn to check on their fellow brothers and sisters, some of the biggest fundraisers, campaign organizers and supporters of the president-elect, from being left behind. Proposition 8 is in many ways similar to Virginia’s 1924 Racial Integrity Act, which outlawed interracial marriages; the Supreme Court would eventually rule the law unconstitutional, calling marriage a “basic civil right of man.”
The controversy of Prop 8 rests on the definition of marriage and who has the right to define it. One group of proponents of the bill argued that the California Supreme Court did not have the right to rule the ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional earlier this year. They said that Prop 8, rather, would ensure that the issue be democratically decided upon. But our founding fathers didn’t build this nation on a...