I'm still devastated and baffled by the passing of California Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban.
What is the rationale behind a Yes vote? I cannot believe over half of Californians simply do what their pastor says. Actually, I cannot even believe that half the pastors in California are against gay marriage -- this is not a black and white issue even in religious circles, no matter what some claim the bible says. I'd like to hear from people who voted Yes and can explain their rationale. (So far the only pro-Prop-8 comments I've seen were slogans that fit on a bumper sticker but do not explain anything.)
And how is it possible that something called a state's constitution can be changed with a single, simple majority vote? In fact I would say it's not even a majority since a significant percentage of Californians eligible to vote didn't vote. Does this mean that in two years we can remove that amendment from the Californian constitution (or amend it out of existence) with a new referendum that is also approved by 50% plus one vote? That's not much of a constitution if you ask me! (In contrast, to change the Dutch constitution, both chambers of two successive parliaments must approve of the change, with a two-third majority.)