Our Next President

I am so happy that Barack Obama is our next president.  And I am so extremely happy that he named gay people in his opening sentence!  That was very special to me and it shows the new position that our government is going to take with the last group of people that have been openly discriminated against.  It is bittersweet because it looks like every state that had a discriminating ballot initiate on it against gays and lesbians will probably pass, despite the overwhelming vote for Obama.  Go figure.  Well, what it shows is that the country has finally (thank God) moved away from racism.  It took forty years between Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement for this country to elect its first African American president.  Gays and lesbians are moving forward and there is no question about that.  We get pushed backwards occasionally because our rights are put up to a vote.  That needs to stop.  And with Barack Obama becoming our next President, the Supreme Court will not fall into the hands of more rightist conservatives.  We will see a Supreme Court that is more fair to everyone, including gays and lesbians.  The rights that are being taken away, will be given back by the Supreme Court.  Some people won’t like that, but the same groups of people were against the Supreme Court giving rights to other groups.

The good thing too is that the Hate Crime Legislation will finally pass.  ENDA will pass.  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will fall.  The Defense of Marriage will fall.  We might get setbacks on the state level, but we will get our rights at the Federal level.

If Prop. 8 passes, it will be the FIRST TIME that a Constitution is being used to take away a right.  How can that happen?  That is disgusting and it is wrong.  Do these people understand what they are doing?  Sadly, I think they totally understand.  And how can groups of people who have been discriminated against in this country then turn around and discriminate against another group of people?  This may backfire on those very groups. 

Some good news though.  It is 10 pm and the yes on 8 is at 53%, while No in 47% with just 22% of the votes counted.  That is good because just a couple of minutes ago, it was yes 54% with 18% of the vote counted.  I have a feeling I won’t be getting very much sleep tonight…

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2 Responses to Our Next President

  1. Deb says:

    No. This country did not finally moved away from racism.  On my blog, a black woman admitted that she only voted for Obama because he was black.   She also stated in that very same comment that she is voting FOR prop 8 because she feels that it should be a traditional family: one man…one woman.  And, she has had sexual relations with women in the past. Racism still exists, maybe not so much on our side anymore, but the majority of black people who voted didn\’t vote for Obama because he was qualified…    Check it out. http://dtrant.blogspot.com/2008/11/can-i-say-that.html#links

  2. Kevin says:

    Hi Deb,
    I wouldn\’t be so quick to make decisions on race just because of a few people.  I talked about this in my classes today.  We should all be grateful that Obama, as an African American, is going to be our next president, regardless of whether we are republican or democrat.  It is a great step forward for our ugly, racist history.  Now we just need to move again from our ugly, still current, hatred and ignorance of the glbt community.

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