Georgia and Minnesota aren’t the only places where Election Day didn’t end at midnight. Though a majority of voters embraced California’s Proposition 8, banning gay marriage, a vocal minority is trying to carry on the fight. So far, this mainly consists of protesting at the major churches that supported the initiative. Such spontaneous mass actions are probably more cathartic than politically persuasive — to my mind, the most powerful arguments against Prop 8 were about what gay couple have in common with normal church-going folks, not why those folks were wrong. Also? Sulu. More Sulu and that thing could have sailed through.
A somewhat more substantive plan for how to proceed on the issue comes from the Governator, who had opposed the ban but also tempered his active support of gay marriage. Today, he told the LA Times, “It’s unfortunate, obviously, but it’s not the end…I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area.” Earlier, he also managed to compare the current situation to weightlifting, though, I am sorry to say, not in a way that would make the best use of a “men in tights” metaphor:
On Sunday, he urged backers of gay marriage to follow the lesson he learned as a bodybuilder trying to lift weights that were too heavy for him at first. “I learned that you should never ever give up. . . . They should never give up. They should be on it and on it until they get it done.”
There’s something there, though. And, apparently, the Prop 8 result has prompted an “all-new Special Comment” from Keith Olbermann tonight! That should fix everything.