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Guilty gay rights activist thoughts--

Is it really worth the legal battle *right now* to overthrow Prop 8? It was just passed. Granted, it's a typically odious law that might not have passed without millions of dollars being pumped into it from out of state. But is immediately following the passage of a law *by popular vote* with legal challenges the best idea? It'd be nice to find someone who was well-informed, but didn't have an agenda on this one, and talk to them.

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mercuryisme
Mar. 1st, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
If not now... when?
spottylogic
Mar. 1st, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
That's not really a constructive statement, it's a cliche. If now is non-constructive, then when might be "after a campaign of positive education" or "when, statistically, we might achieve a victory." I'm not totally certain that agressively challenging something that just passed is helpful, because the state just made a (bad) decision. Is there any point to telling the state--the majority of the population, at least as defined by the last vote--"no, sorry, you're wrong, and we're ignoring your opinion?" You don't re-open a legal case without new evidence.
mercuryisme
Mar. 2nd, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Good point, though I still think waiting has just as many drawbacks as trying to overturn it as soon as possible.
spottylogic
Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
It's so hard to know! With the CAlifornia thing there's been an awful lot of...well, really bad press. The vandalism that the GLBT/Supporters (or not supporters? It'd be a good move for anti-GLBT's to slash some tires...) have been demonstrating has created some, maybe a lot, of ill-will.

It's easy to say "let's put that off until it's a better time..." really easy, because rights struggles are uphill fights, but on the other paw, attacking an amendment also seems like an attack on the democratic process and the will of the majority (even if the entire process was manipulated by outsiders from start to finish). And I do tend to be a bit passive, so maybe I'm not the best judge.

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