The Washington Blade asked me to write an Op-ed on the results of the election just concluded.Â So, bleary-eyed on Wednesday morning, I offered my thoughts, just in time for their deadline that day.Â They have now posted it on their web-site.Â I believe DC readers can find a dead-tree copy at news stands around the capital area.
Here’s a taste:
IF YOU LOOK at the election returns, it seems to have been a bad day for gay issues. Popular initiatives amending state constitutions to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, thus blocking recognition of same-sex marriage, passed in Arizona, California and Florida. Arkansas voters banned gay couples from adopting children.
But, look deeper at those numbers and at the two presidential campaigns and you see a sign of how far we’ve come. The demographic breakdown on Proposition 8 provides a key indicator of a very real social change. Voters under 30 opposed the initiative by margin of 3-2, the identical margin by which voters 65 and older favored it.
We can also measure our progress by comparing the results of this year’s initiative with a similar one in 2000. That year, 61 percent of Californians voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This week, only 52 percent did.
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