I want to put this out there regarding the ballot proposition in Croatia. "Worse" thing happened in California 5 years ago, on a very day Obama won his first term with the whole "yes we can" hope and change shebang. Remember, the "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California" thing was voted into the Constitution practically nullifying all prior gay marriages legalized by earlier court ruling. The prop 8 was later struck down as unconstitutional so there you go.
Now, most of the reactions and subsequent comments on my FB feed prior, during and after the Croatian thing were those of irony, outrage, and disappointment tying the outcome to the nazi parts of Croatian history, invoking the "first they came for the Communists" poem and such.
It's OK to be concerned, disappointed and a bit sarcastic. I mean, at the end of the day, the voting majority does not necessarily possess great wisdom. It's manipulated by the campaign, preachings of the elites, misinformation and by the lack of facts.
Bear in mind, every modern state has some kind of protection of the minorities in place. If you cannot lose your job because you're gay, if you cannot be denied medical or educational services because you're a minority, if you cannot be imprisoned (or executed) just because of who you are... well, you're not living in a nazi regime. Especially if you have an independent judicial system in place. Now, there's inheritance issue, there are hospital rights, tax breaks and such denied to people (not just gay people) living outside of the marriage contract but some of them are easily remedied by other forms of contracts.
Let's face it. The issue with the gay marriages is a religious issue. It's how the marriage itself is defined by the religion and thus divined. Now, let's be serious, it's not what happened in the, say, Bible, it's what the ultimate religious authority says that counts. All this while having in mind that a vast majority of people in most countries is religious. There are social tendencies that might question the intensity of the religious beliefs of an individual or a society especially nowadays with all tech - info - app - comm revolution. What I believe looking at these social tendencies is that if marriage as a social nucleus wasn't protected and supported by the political and religious elites it would become irrelevant in no time. It is a fact that US and UK passed the point where more than 50% of the population is outside the marriage years ago. I don't want to go into it. I'm just saying that there is a reason for the whole brouhaha around marriage. Just as there's still reason to declare and uphold the separation of the church and the state and protection of minorities.
The above is just a teeny tiny scratch on the surface. What about the poverty and unemployment? Is it easier to be tolerant and open minded when your future is secured and you don't have to struggle to survive? Tell that to the Swiss for example and their issue with the immigrants. It is, however, safe to say that it's easier to manipulate less educated and less empowered population. Who's gonna protect them?
See, I don't really want to wonder if the system is rigged and the rule of law is a trap to keep the masses obedient and the elites on the top, is it some sort of camouflaged Nazi regime where you have an illusion of freedom and toil under the yoke happily distracted by this or that big, important issue... I say whatever. I love life. It's enough for me.
Yeah, but I don't have kids to be scared for their future...
The thing never ends.
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes