Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Chickens win over gay rights

In one of the more odd moments in what has been nothing shy of an earth-shaking election, California's chickens have come out on top in a race that has left gay and lesbian Californian's feeling like second class citizens.

Voters in California have approved Proposition 2, or "Standards for Confining Farm Animals". Prop 2 would require “that calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs be confined only in ways that allow these animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely”.

Proposition 8 would require an amendment to California's constitution defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. As of this writing, Prop 2 had support from about 70 percent of voters (or a ratio of 3-2, according to the San Francisco Chronicle). Prop 8 also appears to have won, 52 to 48 percent.

The results of Prop 2 won't be fully implemented for more than six years. The lawsuits stemming from Prop 8 should begin just about any moment now.

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