Thanks to Feminist Philosophers (I love this blog), some links: Pam Spaulding writes here and here. Alex Blaze writes here. Blaze’s post is particularly interesting because it covers all those who overwhelming voted against same-sex marriage who are not African American:
Speaking of Arkansas, they also had an anti-gay ballot initiative (theirs will ban adoption by unmarried couples). Here’s CNN’s exit polling based on race: 58% of white people voted for the measure, 54% of black people did, and there wasn’t enough of any other racial group to get accurate numbers. And yet, for some reason, no one is decrying the white homophobia that simply can’t be addressed with outreach because white folks are just so obsessed with their homophobic religion and white gays are too misogyny and closeted to question homophobia in their community.
But I’m wondering why these folks are so caught up in the black voters, who obviously can’t ever be persuaded on this issue because… well, because. There are so many other groups in the exit polling that voted for Prop 8 overwhelmingly (as in, more than 60%):
* The elderly (65+)
* People who decided for whom to vote in October (but not within the week before the election)
* People who were contacted by the McCain campaign
* White Protestants
* Those who attend church weekly
* Married people
* People with children under 18
* Gun owners
* Bush voters
* Offshore drilling supporters
* People who are afraid of a terrorist attack
* People who thought their family finances were better now than 4 years ago
* Supporters of the war against Iraq
* People who didn’t care about the age of the candidates
* People who are from the “Inland/Valley” region of California
* McCain voters
Some of these groups supported Prop 8 far more than African Americans did, which makes me wonder why we’re focused so much on race instead of any of these factors. In terms of predictive value, religion, political ideology, and being married with children tell us much more about how someone voted on Prop 8 than race does.
EDIT: this Daily Kos diary uses some pretty good logic to show how even the voting statistics are messed up. A good read as well.