7 million voters chose to deny loving couples the protection of marriage. 7 million voters chose to TAKE AWAY a right and to deliberately hurt people they didn't know. 7 million voters chose to interfere in something that affects them not at all.
“I think the point came into focus when Charles Cooper,” the lead defense lawyer, “said that to overturn this law, the court would have to essentially accuse seven million voters of ill intent,” Mr. Pugno recalled. “That really stands out.”
As a gay married Californian, I know exactly what 7 million voters intended. They intended to hurt me and mine, and my broader GLBT family. Whether driven by ignorance, bias, fear, dislike, or hatred, the intent, and outcome, was clearly ill.
They may not LIKE the truth. Mr Pugno may be all indignant. But at his behest, they voted to hurt other people. Sounds like ill intent to me. And if they don't like being told so, they shouldn't have voted that way.
As this writer said in the HuffPo,
How can taking away my family's rights and recognition be a "family value"? How can telling children of same-sex couples that their parents are less-than and abhorrent in their anti-equality campaigns be protecting families? Why do they still get to claim any sort of family values at all?
The Prop 8 backers and those like them have never been able to provide any proof of harm to their marriages or the institution of marriage by allowing same-sex couple to join in. Their arguments boil down to personal distaste or outright bigotry- hardly sound legal reasons.
The dishonesty of their stance needs to be challenged by everyone around them. They need to be forced to answer how they claim the are for "saving" marriage while trying to destroy legal, existing marriages like mine. They need to answer how they are "pro-family" while demonizing our families and children. They need to be pushed and pushed until the world sees them for what they are: small-minded people with deep prejudice, not some crusading do-gooders who "just have political differences" with equality for all.