Surely everyone remembers the supposed claim that African-Americans and Latinos voted in higher proportions for Proposition 8 than Whites. I was so furious when I heard this claim, because to me, it sounded like all the White people trying to avoid any responsibility for passing discrimination.
Well, not only was it a pathetic obfuscation by the White media, it was also just plain wrong.
You can read the full report here: “California’s Proposition 8: What Happened, and What Does the Future Hold?” (PDF)
Here’s the basic premise: people voted for Proposition 8 because of religion. This confirms my original conclusion from long-ago that religion is the ONLY source of anti-gay views. I’m not saying that all religious people are anti-gay, but I’m saying that religion is the only source of anti-gay rhetoric. If anybody can think of a different source of anti-gay views, please let me know, but I have yet to hear an explanation that is not rooted in religious views.
That’s why I wanted to start this blog: to bring light to my point of view that religious views have too much power over our nation. The rights of LGBT people were stripped by a popular vote that succeeded only because of money spent and ideas spent by institutions of religion.
Below is a pair of charts from the report that pretty much dismantles the whole nonsense about the Black community being to blame for Prop 8 passing. More on these issues in future posts…