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I just read this excellent personal explanation of why Prop8 was, and is, such a terrible thing. Christine Bakke posted a letter on her web page on November 17, 2009 (soon after the passage of Prop8 in California). It was by a woman who received a threatening note on her apartment door (where she had recently moved in with her girlfriend).
This is how the woman’s post concluded:
Proposition 8, and other laws like it, fuel inequality because they create the idea that some people are more deserving than others. They allow [straight] people to believe that they are above LGBT people. Better than. Worth more. Holier than. Prop 8 allows straight people to feel superior over gay people in the same way that racial inequality allowed white people to feel superior to black people.
The effect of superiority is displayed in the letter that Katie and I received. People who feel better than, or worth more seem to also feel it is acceptable for them to belittle. To crush. To humiliate. To do verbal harm. To do physical harm. To kill.
“Separate but equal” is neither. Remember that.