Back in 2008, the state of California let haters put our civil rights to a popular vote. We lost, and the California Constitution was amended to snatch away the rights of same-sex couples to wed.
On Wednesday, federal District Judge Vaughn Walker issued his ruling in a case challenging that amendment — Proposition 8 — and this time , we won. Judge Walker said the majority doesn’t get to take away our rights just because they don’t like us.
Now the public is voting again, this time on Politico.com, in a poll: “What’s your reaction to the decision that reversed California’s ban on gay marriage?” And guess what — we’re losing. The votes so far are “Like. Hurray for equal rights,” 40 percent; “Dislike. How dare the courts reverse the will of the voters?” 56 percent; and “I’m not sure,” 2 percent.
If you want to have your say, go to Politico.com, scroll down to the “Politico” on the lower right side of the page, and vote.
UPDATE: The final result was 57 percent to 41 percent.