60% of the population reporting and there's an almost insurmountable lead on proposition 8, which will overturn the Californian Supreme Court and strip the rights and dignity of California's gay citizens - along with anyone who traveled to California. I am absolutely horrified that equality will be stripped and tarred from the minority in California.
I only wish the people of California had more time to realize that the sky would not have fallen and that those who pushed Prop 8 were lying; no, the state would not be teaching 8 year olds about all the intricacies of homosexuality, for heaven's sake. It's so sad that millions of California's citizens vote for Barack and against equality. His speech tonight was inspiring, yet for those Californian queers who dared to dream, the majority declared "no we can't." Sadly, those who have been subject to persecution in this country in the past voted for Prop 8's discrimination by the widest margins. If Obama's support for Proposition 8 were only a little stronger, perhaps it would have made an impact in those communities. Then again, perhaps not.
I truly hope there's earth shattering change over the rest of the night, but I am not naive. At this point, it would take a miracle. I've never seen such a messed up system as the Californian ballot initiative, where a simple majority could alter the constitution over one year, fueled by millions on a hoard of nasty, dishonest ads. At least in Massachusetts we treat the constitution with a shred of decency - and that's saying a lot, because this state's bar to change the constitution is not overly high.
My heart is broken, for this could set the movement back decades. This could temper progress all across the country and allow the homophobic forces crucial momentum in rolling back our gains. All they have to do, apparently, is scream "the children!" and the village panics, forgetting all reason and logic, including all the millions of children reared and raised by gay couples, now lacking constitutional protection under the law. And all those people who had a happy wedding in California will again have their marriage licenses torn apart and be told that their love is phony and not worthy of equal rights. For shame.
Update: Wow, Alaska is currently voting for the convicted felon. So, is tonight glass half full or glass half empty? Extra points for comments that make me feel its glass half full, because it's feeling pretty empty right now.