Keith Olbermann’s Spe­cial Com­ment on the pas­sage of Propo­si­tion 8; elo­quent and per­sua­sive using noth­ing but com­mon sense and good judge­ment. Some quotes I par­tic­u­larly enjoyed:

If you voted for this Propo­si­tion or sup­port those who did or the sen­ti­ment they expressed, I have some ques­tions, because, truly, I do not under­stand. Why does this mat­ter to you? What is it to you? In a time of imper­ma­nence and fly-by-night rela­tion­ships, these peo­ple over here want the same chance at per­ma­nence and hap­pi­ness that is your option. They don’t want to deny you yours. They don’t want to take any­thing away from you. They want what you want — a chance to be a lit­tle less alone in the world.

Only now you are say­ing to them — no. You can’t have it on these terms.


Uncount­able in our his­tory are the num­ber of men and women, forced by soci­ety into mar­ry­ing the oppo­site sex, in sham mar­riages, or mar­riages of con­ve­nience, or just mar­riages of not know­ing — cen­turies of men and women who have lived their lives in shame and unhap­pi­ness, and who have, through a lie to them­selves or oth­ers, bro­ken count­less other lives, of spouses and chil­dren… All because we said a man couldn’t marry another man, or a woman couldn’t marry another woman. The sanc­tity of mar­riage. How many mar­riages like that have there been and how on earth do they increase the “sanc­tity” of mar­riage rather than ren­der the term, meaningless?


You are asked now to stand, not on a ques­tion of pol­i­tics, not on a ques­tion of reli­gion, not on a ques­tion of gay or straight. You are asked now to stand, on a ques­tion of… love. All you need do is stand, and let the tiny ember of love meet its own fate. You don’t have to help it, you don’t have it applaud it, you don’t have to fight for it. Just don’t put it out. Just don’t extin­guish it. Because while it may at first look like that love is between two peo­ple you don’t know and you don’t under­stand and maybe you don’t even want to know… It is, in fact, the ember of your love, for your fel­low person.