The “Calm Down, America” Party v. Prop 8 and SB 1070
Hey, remember California’s Proposition 8? You know, the state constitutional amendment providing that “only marriage between a man and a woman” could be considered “valid or recognized” in California? Well, guess what just got totally struck down because sexual orientation “does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights” in the eyes of the State Supreme Court?
This announcement comes just days after a federal judge chose to block key sections of Arizona’s institutionally racist Senate Bill 1070 – including a requirement that police officers check the immigration status of criminal suspects they’ve stopped while enforcing other laws, and a section declaring it a crime not to carry immigration papers.
I know it’s naïve, but a part of me likes to think that this is just the beginning of a bold new movement in America. I mean, if a bunch of uninformed crybabies with guns can call themselves a movement, then why can’t there be a mass organization of sensible, tolerant people who aren’t afraid to toss out a bunch of their country’s recent bad ideas? We could call it the “Calm Down, America” party.
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