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Cheer Up, GOP: America Still Hates Gay People

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The one bright spot for conservatives in last night’s election was the victory of three anti-gay referenda and the probable victory of a fourth. Arizona’s and Florida’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman passed, and Arkansas prohibited gay (and unmarried straight) couples from adopting children.

California’s Proposition 8 has yet to be called, but the anti-gay-marriage measure is holding a 2-point lead and its supporters are claiming victory and emitting the usual snarls.

GLAAD called the results a “disappointment for our community’s pursuit of fairness and equality,” but cheered the arrival of “a president-elect whose commitment to inclusion has the potential to elevate and fundamentally redefine the national discussion about our community.”

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 5, 2008

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