February 16, 2004
Next up will be the fight against the state constitutional amendment. It'll be a bumpy ride. Its predecessor Proposition 22** captured 61 percent of the vote in 2000, and as far as I can tell, the amendment only needs a 50 percent majority despite its more dramatic effects.
Here's to hoping eight years -- and the complete disintegration of the national GOP -- makes an 11-point difference. As I've observed, gay marriage has the weight of history behind it, but in the short term it remains to be seen how much the American public can be persuaded to value compassion over tradition.
* And coworkers. And boss. :)
** Or the "Knight Initiative," named after its primary sponsor, Sen. Pete Knight -- who disowned his son over the issue. And then died. It's uncertain whether they ever reconciled.