OK. Please excuse this post...I just have to get this off my chest.
First off...I am so thrilled about the election last night. Obama gave an inspiring acceptance speech of hope and inclusiveness and the future. I was truly moved and so proud to be an American. I am certain that I will not agree with 100% of Obama's decisions, but I am excited to finally see a leader try to lift up the country.
Of course, the evening was not without disappointment. By a slim margin, Californians saw fit to single out same-sex couples and codify discrimination into our state constitution. (It is shocking to me that in California, you can amend the state constitution with a simple majority vote...that would seem to open up our constitution to the whims of populism.)
I know a young gay couple who live in LA. They rushed to get married last week...swept up in the same euphoria of hope that propelled to Obama to wide victory in California. Today, they woke up with their newly-inked marriage in limbo, because...well...what would we tell our children about THAT kind of relationship.
Yesterday, more than SIXTY PERCENT of Californians voted to protect the rights of farm animals. Only 48% thought the rights of same sex couples were worth defending.
Nevertheless, I will not let this setback tarnish my sheer joy of Obama's election. He demonstrates first hand that civil rights are worth fighting for. The gay community will get its day as well, as long as we keep treasuring our steps forward and learning from the inevitable steps back.
The world looks a little different under a bright blue San Francisco sky. We live in a bubble of hope.