The election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States was a big moment in American history, with pundits proudly stating that its proof of the country having put discrimination behind it.
Two steps forward, one step back, however. In the fervor over the presidential race, the several anti-homosexuality propositions have been forgotten.
Arizona Proposition 102, Ban on Gay Marriage
Passes: 56% to 44%
Arkansas Initiative 1, Ban on Gay Couples to Adopt Children
Passes: 57% to 43%
California Proposition 8, Ban on Gay Marriage
Passes: 52% to 48%
Florida Amendment 1, Ban on Gay Marriage
Passes: 62% to 38%
The elimination of slavery was the recognition that fundamental human rights, and personal rights outlined in the federal constitution could not be overridden by state constitutions. Yet, in the historic election of the first African-American president, we see state constitutions being amended to eliminate rights of minorities.