Yes On 'Prop. 8' Disappoints TakeiBy T'Bonz
November 7, 2008 - 5:30 AM
While the passing of the controversial California Proposition 8 seems to reverse the recent trend towards offering marriage for homosexuals, recently-married George Takei vows to carry on the fight.
As reported by The Boston Herald, Takei was disappointed, but determined to go forward. "There are going to be heartbreaks, setbacks and sacrifices to be made," he said, "but we will soldier on."
Proposition 8 was meant to amend the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. Furthermore, it provided that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Passage of the proposition is not expected to invalidate marriages already conducted.
A map of the voting results can be seen here (select "Proposition 8" where it says "Available Races" in the drop-down box,) where it can be seen that the Proposition was defeated in many of the coastal counties, including most of the counties around San Francisco. More rural areas and the counties which are home to both Los Angeles and San Diego voted for Prop. 8.
As reported by US Magazine, passage of Prop. 8 cast a pall over a day which had been a celebration for those who had supported Barack Obama for President. "Last night, I was filled with pride to be an American," said Takei. "It was an exhilarating night of celebration. Barack Obama's victory was a miraculous moment in our history. It was a night of joy, yet, President-elect Obama reminded us of the long road, the steep road, that lies ahead for us as a nation," added Takei. "And indeed, as a Californian, I was profoundly mindful of the challenges ahead. It was astounding to think that the hard-won equality that made my recent marriage to Brad Altman would no longer be possible for others. The evening became bittersweet."