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If you voted for Proposition 8, please don't say, "But I have gay friends."

You don't have any gay friends. You will never have any gay friends. What you might have are homosexual acquaintances that you fucked over.

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There's a lot left. A lot.

What is left? I'm not counting umbrella topics like "helth care" or "unions". What discriminatory laws exist that are specific to the gay and lesbian community that wouldn't be covered by letting gays marry? Maybe I forgot about adding sexual identity to hate crimes legislation, but that's about it. Please post something more than six words.

Prop 8 in California is huge, and very important because California is often a trend-setting state for US civil law. However, California would have been a major battle in an ongoing fight; same-set marriage is still banned in many states; it was banned in Florida and Arizona on the same day it was in California.

And while the right to marry is of great importance, and frankly, a basic civil liberty that I cannot believe we're even still talking about... there are other very important issues ahead of us.

As you said, true equality in military service, stronger hate crime legislation, adoption rights, clear health and legal process and real equality for our transgendered community, real and equal protection under anti-discrimination laws...

Full and true marriage equality might bring major changes in legal and health care protections, so I'll leave those under one umbrella for now. And I know that I'm going on and on; so I'll give it a rest.

I just have so much hope, I want so much for all people...

We have come so far in such a short time, and that is a wonderful thing, which should give us inspiration and great hope; but we should not be complacent, or count the battle as won while we are still proverbially "drinking from the queer water fountain".

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