One thing I have learned from watching the give-and-take on Proposition 8 as Californians and other interested onlookers wrangle with the issue of "defining 'marriage' " and each other:
On neither side is the primary motivation hatred of persons, homosexual or heterosexual, gay or straight.
So now, I'm flashing back in history, to just before I was born, and a few years after that, and I'm thinking, "Man; those people in the South and elsewhere that were segregationists during the 'Civil Rights Era' got short shrift, historically. Most people (myself included, until very recently) imagine them to be a large block of Negro-hating citizens."
The current poo-flinging in the Prop 8 public arena has convinced me that this is likely untrue. I am off to see if my hypothesis will hold water: that many segregationists were motivated primarily by other urges besides hatred of Black people. And that these were just lumped in with the angry haters for the convenience of "streamlining" the argument for public consumption.