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Why the Prop 8 Gay Marriage Ban Won  

Why the Prop 8 Gay Marriage Ban Won
By Richard Kim, The Nation
The Christian right outmaneuvered gay rights activists when it came to reaching out to California's huge minority populations. Read more »

 

The past week has seen thousands of people rally against the bigoted measure called Prop. 8, which cruelly eliminated the right of gay Californians to marry their partners. After so much joy and celebration earlier this year, once again the LGBT community faced a legal slap in the face.

It was particularly sad because it came at the same time that the country's voters made history by voting for our first African American president. As Deb Price writes this week:

In his uplifting victory speech, President-elect Barack Obama told the story of 106-year-old Ann Nixon Cooper of Atlanta and the remarkable changes that have transpired during her lifetime.

Born just one generation after slavery, when people like her were barred from voting both because of the color of their skin and their gender, she saw America overcome the Depression, crush the Nazis, dismantle racial segregation, land on the moon and inspire freedom-seekers to knock down the Berlin Wall.

"And this year, in this election," Obama said, "she touched her finger to a screen and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes, we can."

For those of us who're gay, Ann Nixon Cooper's story is a well of hope to draw from as we continue our own difficult journey to equality after a bittersweet election.

Read the rest of her column here. And continue to check AlterNet's Rights & Liberties section for more on the unfolding legal battle against Prop 8.

Thanks for reading,

Liliana Segura

Editor, Rights & Liberties Special Coverage

 

Election Results Are Bittersweet for Gays  

Election Results Are Bittersweet for Gays

In a reminder that time always sides with those fighting for equality, a majority of young people voted against the gay marriage ban in California. Read more »

Report: Closing Gitmo at Top of Obama's To-Do List  

Report: Closing Gitmo at Top of Obama's To-Do List

The president-elect has been a longtime critic of the U.S. gulag at Guantanamo Bay. Read more »

Let's Hope the Rumors About Jane Harman in an Obama Admin Aren't Serious  

Let's Hope the Rumors About Jane Harman in an Obama Admin Aren't Serious

The idea that the author of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act will work with Obama is a scary one. Read more »

Could an Obama Presidency Dampen Enthusiasm for Jihad?  

Could an Obama Presidency Dampen Enthusiasm for Jihad?

If Obama upholds democratic values abroad without double standards, jihadi ideologues will have a much harder time recruiting. Read more »

Waiting to Die: The Cruel Phenomenon of  

Waiting to Die: The Cruel Phenomenon of "Death Row Syndrome"

As prisoners across the country spend decades awaiting execution, the psychological effects are devastating. Read more »

Sarah Palin Blamed by the US Secret Service Over Death Threats Against Barack Obama  

Sarah Palin Blamed by the US Secret Service Over Death Threats Against Barack Obama

Palin's attacks on Obama's patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against him Secret Service agents say. Read more »

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Gay Marriage and You: Keith Olbermann's Excellent Statement  

Gay Marriage and You: Keith Olbermann's Excellent Statement

Amazing: Olbermann's comments on Calif. Prop 8, gay rights, marriage, love and more. Read more »

Another Election Victory: Anti-Muslim Rep Goes Down in VA  

Another Election Victory: Anti-Muslim Rep Goes Down in VA

Virgil Goode, the creepy congressman who launched an ugly campaign following the election of Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison, was defeated Tuesday. Read more »

Obama and Guantanamo: A Sign of Things to Come?  

Obama and Guantanamo: A Sign of Things to Come?

Some detainees would be released and many others would be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts. Read more »

Legal Challenges Filed Against Prop 8  

Legal Challenges Filed Against Prop 8

One day after California voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage, the issue is before the state Supreme Court. Read more »

 

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