Yesterday there were three constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage across the country. In Arizona, Florida and California, all propositions were approved by a majority of voters. In probably the first time in history, a group of voters has taken away a right from a group of people. In California, gay marriage was a right that had been enjoyed by over 18,000 gay couples, and that ended when the polls closed and the results were announced.
In California, the people over at No On Prop 8 are still waiting for news on the number of outstanding votes, but at this stage it looks unlikely that the result will be any different.
Amongst all the good news generated by a new President, and larger majorities in both the House and Senate for Democrats, there is this bad news which should not be forgotten.