24
Nov
08

the new yorker on Prop 8

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The Dec.1 edition of The New Yorker has an opinion piece from Hendrik Hertzberg titled “Eight is Enough.” He dissects the issue for an audience that may have been following the unfolding developments marginally, so it works as a terrific round up of what happened on election day in California as well as Florida and Arkansas. This passage stuck out to me:

 

California’s gay activists and their straight allies, judging from their online postmortems, have begun to direct more criticism at themselves than at their opponents. They were complacent: early polls had shown Prop. 8 losing by double digits. Their television ads were timid and ineffective, focussing on worthy abstractions like equality and fairness, while the other side’s were powerfully emotional. (Also dishonest—they implied that gay marriage would threaten churches’ tax exemptions, force church-affiliated adoption agencies to place children with gay couples, and oblige children to attend gay weddings—but that sort of thing was to be expected.) Barack Obama, like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, had come out against Prop. 8, yet the No-on-8 forces let Obama’s popularity be used against them: a mass mailing suggesting that the Democratic nominee was for it went essentially unanswered.

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