I’m back. We’re back. I took a lobbying trip up to Sacramento with my blogging buddy, Beetle. The drive was lengthy, but the company was the best. My boys made some best friends out of Beetle’s kiddos, and Beetle and I got to yakkity yak for the duration of our loooooong round trip. :0)
So, the 17th dawned cold and rainy. No one was positioned outside the capitol building, No or Yes. The Assembly Judiciary Committee room filled up quickly and flowed over into a balcony room which also filled to the hilt. We were in the third, yes third, overflow area located in the cafe: 90% Equality Network America, 10% Prop 8 supporters. We watched the entire proceeding on a television.
I wish I had good news to report, but, not surprisingly, it’s just more of the same. As I watched gay “marriage” supporters approach the mic and listened to their heart-wrenching pleadings in support of HR 5, my stomach was turned by the extreme emotionality of it all. Story after story surfaced about love this and love that. And then came the Prop 8 supporters, and the appeals were for our legislators to respect the vote of the people…the people they represent.
Also not surprising was the fact that the HR 5 supporters, advocates of gay “marriage,” had to be chastised on three separate occasions for their disrespect during opponents’ testimonials. Too much snorting and snickering throughout. When one woman introduced herself as a mother of eight, our overflow area erupted rudely with all-out, mocking laughter. I was perturbed by the lack of respect. And, in the end, it was clear that while the legislators were adamant about maintaining a respectful atmosphere during the proceedings, they didn’t actually care one whit about democracy. As was predictable, their vote followed precisely along party lines and the resolution passed with flying colors (pun intended).
I loved meeting Beetle’s family; they are awesome. I enjoyed being present for a process I’ve never witnessed. And I just want to remind everyone that our government is not in the business of governing based on what’s “fair” (or it didn’t used to be, anyway). In fact, I’m 99.99999% certain that the word “love” is not present anywhere in our Constitution. What it absolutely is built on is democracy, and yesterday democracy was categorically ignored…again. Bummer. Big bummer for our state.
P.S. The senate hearing was cancelled due to ongoing and pressing budget discussions. Having just arrived home, I have not had a chance to research whether that has occurred or not. Though I can imagine that the results will be similar, if not identical, I would like to hear nonetheless. If you have any updated info, please post it in the comments section!