CNN reports that the vote in California included several referenda which yielded surprising results. The biggest surprise and disappointment for me was the ban on gay marriage. I always thought California led the nation and the world in progressive thought, but then again it is the state of Reagan and Schwarzenegger.
The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office stopped issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the apparent passage of a ballot measure to eliminate the right of gay couples to marry, the agency said Wednesday.
As of 11:30 p.m. ET, 52 percent of voters had approved California's Proposition 8, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Talk Left has an informative article about the criminal justice decisions.
In addition to the disappointing outcome of California's Proposition 8, banning gay marriage, the state's voters made mistakes in rejecting Proposition 5, which would have shifted the state's response to drug crimes from incarceration to treatment, and approving Proposition 9, which purports to give new "rights" to crime victims.
It seems clear what Proposition 5 is all about, which leaves me in agreement with the Talk Left analysis. Proposition 9, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated. It's also referred to as Marsy's Law. The main argument against it I could find is that it changes nothing. I guess that's what they meant by putting rights in quotation marks.
It all strikes me as odd that the liberal progressive State of California could be so conflicted on these issues. Voting for Obama and against gay marriage seems totally incongruous to me. This is the State that gave us Haight-Ashbury and the Grateful Dead for crying out loud. Just ask Daisy.
What's your opinion? Do you find some of these laws odd? Are the people so divided on gay marriage that it keeps bouncing back and forth?