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Proposition 8


As someone who believes that same-sex unions present no meaningful threat to heterosexual marriage I took no pleasure in the result of California’s Proposition 8 vote (even if I thought that having this matter decided democratically was, on the whole, a good thing), but this (via the Daily Telegraph) is ironic . . .

Around 70 per cent of the African-American voters who overwhelmingly backed Mr Obama also approved Proposition 8, helping pass the controversial ballot measure despite a small majority of whites voting against the ban on same-sex unions. Hispanic and Asian voters were split on the issue.

The state’s black turnout jumped to 10 per cent of the electorate, up from 6 per cent in 2004, as voters inspired by Mr Obama flocked to the polls for the first time. The Democratic candidate took the state with 61 per cent of the popular vote.

Although the president-elect opposed the gay marriage ban, it appears his supporters may have helped pass the measure that was vociferously opposed by many white Democrats.”


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