Protests against Proposition 8 get ugly

Apart from the momentous selection of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States, another significant, yet less noticed news event took place on Nov. 4.

The voters in the state of California passed a ban on gay marriage. The ban known as Proposition 8 overturns a recent decision by the California Supreme court that stated same-sex marriages were afforded the same rights and recognition as heterosexual marriages.

Later in the year, a proposition was submitted to finally define legal marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  The ban passed with a majority of 52 percent of the vote during the presidential election. The result was quite surprising considering the progressive climate in California and the large population of homosexuals in the state. In the response to the outcome, protest marches were seen in places from Sacramento to San Diego this week.

Most of the protests were civil and peaceful; however, there are some who have threatened violence against churches and those who they see as having supported the measure.  Some protesters defaced Mormon temples, while others lobbed the unsavory insult of bigot to those inside such temples.

Now, we all may have differing opinions on the subject, but the most we can ask for in a democratic society is to be given the chance to exercise our opinion through a vote. Instead of judges or politicians determining the outcomes of relevant initiatives, it is a majority of people that decide.

While those protesting are not happy about the outcome, the will of the people have spoken in this case, not some far-off politician in Washington. The actions of some of the disgruntled protesters in California are not only hypocritical, but also of a sore loser’s mentality.

For a community of people-and the culture of California-that preaches understanding and tolerance, those who threaten of church burnings and other retributions against those with a different opinion of the proposition are nothing but hypocrites.

I know that not all those opposed to the measure are resorting to such low standards of conduct, but can’t we have a vote on such a matter without resorting to something like this?