Contemporary Expression

The morning after …purple bruises
November 5, 2008, 1:33 pm
Filed under: candidates, change, community building, Equality

Now the bad news: I can’t celebrate. The decisions in AZ, FL , CA and neighboring Arkansas have left me with bruises that are purple from being punched by by both red and blue bully clubs.

American gay rights were delivered a blow last night, as propositions and amendments that deny or prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage were approved in Arizona and Florida, and Prop. 8 was passed in California.

* as of 3:45pm Central time – hope remained alive in California

Nov 05, 2008
Statement by No on Prop 8 Campaign on Election Status
Roughly 400,000 votes separate yes from no on Prop 8 – out of 10 million votes tallied.
Based on turnout estimates reported yesterday, we expect that there are more than 3 million and possibly as many as 4 million absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted.
Given that fundamental rights are at stake, we must wait to hear from the Secretary of State tomorrow how many votes are yet to be counted as well as where they are from.
It is clearly a very close election and we monitored the results all evening and this morning.
As of this point, the election is too close to call.
Because Prop 8 involves the sensitive matter of individual rights, we believe it is important to wait until we receive further information about the outcome.

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Arkansas voters approve foster, adoption bans for unmarried couples
By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press Writer
12:22 AM CST, November 5, 2008
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas voters have approved a measure banning unmarried couples who are living together being adoptive or foster parents. The vote imposes a ban that the Legislature balked at authorizing.More than 56 percent of voters supported the ban, said by its proponents to be aimed primarily at keeping gays from becoming foster or adoptive parents. The measure’s sponsor, the Arkansas Family Council, tried to paint its as a battle against a “gay agenda.”Opponents argued it would make it harder for the state to find the foster parents it needs to take care of children.The measure grew out of a 2006 Arkansas Supreme Court decision that struck down a state policy banning gay foster parents. A push to enact a ban similar to the ballot measure during the last legislative session failed.

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