I don’t think the news has really sunk in yet.
Barack Obama is our President.
I have never seen such investment in an election by the American people before this one. The voter turn out. The people waiting for hours in the streets among their neighbors waiting for the results. The immense elation of people all across America (and abroad) when the West Coast polls closed and Obama was announced the winner. I know that my friends and family and I, all packed into my small apartment, went crazy cheering and crying.
Outside, the streets of Seattle were alive with revelry. Honking and yelling and pure joy filled the night sky. The Fella and I stood out on the balcony soaking in the sound. Tears fell down my cheeks and landed in the beaming smile on my face.
We did it.
My jubilation is tempered by sadness today. Because even though we’ve got Obama/Biden in the White House, Prop 1000 passed here (right to die with dignity) and Gregoire held onto her Washington Governor seat – Prop 8 in California passed. CNN reports that 95% of the precincts are in and it’s 52% Yes to 48% No.
Apparently we are not as smart as we think, America. If we can elect the first African-American President but we cannot protect the rights of ALL people then we have a long way to go towards equality. You might think this law does not effect you because you are heterosexual. You are wrong. This kind of legislation is beneath us. We know better than this.
So today is a mixed bag for me. How can I be happy when so many of my dearest friends are being treated like they are second class citizens? As if their love is not the same as my love? This fight is far from over.
It’s the dawning of a new era in American history. An era where I hope we will continue to be actively a part of changing our country. Look at what we did by coming together to support Barack Obama! Don’t let the lesson of yesterday be lost. There is power in our numbers. There is power in our hope. We are just getting started.
There is much work to be done.