I’m thrilled to wake up this morning to find that the Republican nightmare of the past eight years is over with the Obama election. However, the elation is clouded by the fact that Prop 8 looks like it will pass in California by a 52% to 48% margin (they are still counting votes, but the LA Times has projected that it will pass).
As Jennifer Vanasco, editor-in-chief of the 365gay.com news site, wrote: “It worries me that people who overwhelmingly wanted “change”- i.e., voted for Obama – don’t think that this change should include full civil rights for gays and lesbians.”
I’m sad for our California friends who so happily got married over the past 4 1/2 months. According to the LA Times, some 18,000 same-sex couples have been married. Can you imagine being married one day and then having a popular vote tell you that you’re not? It sounds like bad reality TV doesn’t it? It’s unclear what happens to these 18,000 marriages, but it is reprehensible that Californians decided to revoke such a basic right.
Sad, but true, still…I am hopeful and optimistic. The shackles of the Republican theocracy are broken. Now we CAN…I think that in the next 8 years, we may see an overturn of DOMA, and the installation of a FEDERAL Domestic Partnership Registry. This would give us our rights without the “marriage” and could be pushed through congress and end all the religious fanaticism on the subject. That is how it was done for civil rights based on race, and Obama believes in uniting this country, and won;t forget who worked so hard to get him in office!
I am so excited about Obama winning. His speech last night was very inspiring!
I was also really surprised to hear about this in California too. I feel for all of those couples.