From my standpoint, at least two initiatives passed that are objectively bad.
1.) Proposition 2, the ban on gay marriage, passed in Texas:
Texans voted Tuesday to make same-sex marriages and civil unions unconstitutional.
The highly contested and controversial constitutional amendment defining a marriage in Texas as a union solely between one man and one woman passed by 76 percent, as of press time Tuesday.
Previously, gay marriages were outlawed in Texas, but the law granted judges discretion to allow civil unions.
“The passage of this amendment reaffirms the will of the mainstream Texans and protects the sanctity of marriage from activist judges who might seek to redefine it,” said state Sen. Todd Staples in a statement.
In the past, I was more sensitive towards the desires of those who wanted to protect the sanctity of marriage, and supported civil unions for homosexual marriage as a nice, convenient middle ground. After watching the Arkansas covenant marriage charade and the Republican behavior regarding the Schiavo marriage, I began to recognize the ‘sanctity of marriage’ crap for what it is- a load of divisive bullshit that employs the same biblical rhetoric used against blacks in the 50’s against gays today, in a clear and transparent attempt to create ‘in-groups’ and ‘out-groups’ for little more than partisan gain. You want to protect the sanctity of marriage- stay the hell out of people’s affairs.
The Instapundit notes that I am not the only one who had an epiphany during the Schiavo affair:
I also think that I may have been right in suggesting that the GOP had lost its mojo with the Terri Schiavo affair. Things seem to have started to go south then, not only because of the issue itself, but because of the divisive venom that so many Schiavo partisans aimed at people who disagreed with them. I think it was very damaging to the GOP coalition, and they’ve continued to pay a price.
I would be tickled, well, pink, if it turns out this ban on gay marriage unintentionally banned ALL marriages, as some are suggesting. I don’t know if it will or not, but it sure would be fun to watch if it does.
2.) The San Francisco Gun Ban- Not only does this ban the sale of weapons and ammunition, it makes ownership of existing werapons illegal:
With 100 percent of San Francisco precincts reporting on Wednesday, 58 percent of voters backed the proposed gun ban while 42 percent opposed it.
Measure H prohibits the manufacture and sale of all firearms and ammunition in the city, and make it illegal for residents to keep handguns in their homes or businesses.
Only two other major U.S. cities — Washington and Chicago — have implemented such sweeping handgun bans.
Neither of these measures is any good, IMHO.