What will I remember in fifty years about this election? I know I'll remember sending in my ballot with only two filled bubbles, the two that I knew I could make completely confident and informed decisions about: Obama/Biden and No on 8. I'll remember trying to stay up in my Paris hotel room to watch the election unfold back home, but falling asleep with CNN on, waking up in the middle of the night completely disoriented, looking at the television screen and seeing "McCain: 51% Obama: 48%", and thinking "Fuck" but focusing my groggy eyes and mind to see that those were the results for Kentucky, alone. I'll remember getting up in the morning and turning on the TV to see the final (landslide) results of the election, and muttering "Nice". I'll remember Obama's epic victory speech and feeling so lucky to be alive to witness such a monumental essay of the English language. And then I'll remember simultaneously watching a re-run of the speech on YouTube and checking out results of my state-wide measures -- I sat there befuddled as I looked at the result of prop 8 and yells of "Yes, we can" ironically echoed in my headphones. How is it that we elected our first black president who seemed to move the entire world with inspired words of change, the same day the state of California voted yes on a ban for gay marriage? I'm still trying to figure it out.
With that, I leave you all with the words of both Tegan and Sara Quin from their latest spinner blogs, and a photo from the rally that went on this past Sunday in LA (more can be found here).
"I am [sad] for
all the same sex couples (numbering nearly 20,000) who got married in
California this past summer, and whose relationships now hang in the
balance, waiting to find out if their nuptials are null and void . . . I am [sad] for those who got engaged in hopes that they would be able to get married but now cannot . . . I feel rage when I imagine
the Prop Yes people celebrating, thinking they've won something, when,
in fact, they've just stolen something. I feel rage when I pour over the parallels between this civil rights movement and the ones of our past." -Tegan Quin
"Gay marriage" is not what is at stake. It's the right to choose to
marry, the right to benefits, the right to adopt, the right to access
the same set of rights extended to every citizen in the United States
of America. Those rights do not extend to homosexuals. And it's f---ed
up. And you should care, straight or gay, white or black. Canadian or
American." - Sara Quin