Politics

Today in Prop. 8

Anger — and the resulting finger pointing — continues apace over the passage of Proposition 8, which appears to have added a ban on same-sex marriage to the California Constitution. Here's some of the latest:

  • National protests by opponents of Prop. 8 are planned for Saturday, the largest locally at Los Angeles City Hall at 10:30 am.
  • Opponents are trying to organize a boycott of gay-friendly Beverly Boulevard eatery El Coyote because someone who works there gave $100 to the yes side. Eater LA
  • The county Board of Supervisors will take up whether to join Mayor Villaraigosa, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and other city officials in challenging the legality of Prop. 8.
  • Black lesbian activist Jasmyne Cannick's op-ed piece in the L.A. Times — "I don't see why the right to marry should be a priority for me or other black people. Gay marriage? Please" — continues to attract vocal criticism.
  • Steve Lopez columnizes that there needs to be a black Elton John.
  • 57% of Los Angeles African Americans voted for Proposition 8, according to the Loyola Marymount exit poll. Citywide, all voters opposed the measure 54%-31%. Tim Rutten
  • Loyola's Fernando Guerra, director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles, and Sonoma State professor David McCuan discussed the Prop. 8 vote on KPCC's "Airtalk" with Larry Mantle. Audio
  • The LAT breaks out the vote data in various ways, showing that the measure won biggest in inland areas and lost in coastal areas and cities — except for among Latinos and blacks.
  • An LAT editorial yesterday asked where the protesters were before the election?: "Opponents of the measure ran a disorganized campaign that consistently underestimated the strength of the other side."
  • Supporters of Proposition 8 say the people have spoken — again — and the courts should stay out of it.
  • Forty-three Democratic legislators, including leaders of the California Senate and Assembly, filed a brief Monday urging the California Supreme Court to void Proposition 8. LAT
    Also: More public interest law groups urged the court to act.
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has expressed support for opponents and says he hopes the California Supreme Court will void the measure. LAT
  • Satire from Jewish Journal editor Rob Eshman: "A coalition of black and Mormon leaders have begun laying the groundwork for a 2012 California ballot initiative that would ban Jews from marrying Jews. Flush from the passage of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, the leaders say they want to extend the ban to Jews whose emphasis on in-marriage, they say, contravenes Scripture and promotes intolerance and segregation. 'In-marriage is against Scripture,' said one organizer. 'We are all God's children.'"
  • The Times got many more letters on Prop. 8 than on Obama's election.

Previously:
Arrested Prop. 8 protester blogs about it
Traffic snarled by protests in Westwood / photos
The gay marriage gap


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