In California, I can give you 8 reasons why I’m disappointed about last Tuesday. And in Florida, I can give you 2.
Seriously, in what should have been the most incredible day in politics, bigotry and intolerance had to put a damper on the celebration. America elected an African American as its president. Usually red states Florida and Ohio went blue. Perennial red states Indiana, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina did as well. I am proud to say that for only the second time since I started voting in 1980, Florida went blue.
Democrats gained seats in both the House and the Senate making it clear that we want our country back.
So, of course, we have to do something to put a damper on the party.
Gay marriage, the far right’s new favorite wedge issue reared its ugly head in Arizona, California and Florida.
In California, these close-minded scum took away rights that were already given to gays and lesbians. I cannot fathom what it is like to have someone tell me that my marriage is no longer valid. In a world where it is so difficult, not only to find your soul mate, but to have the “til death do us part” actually make it that far, how can anyone keep two people who love each other from the basic right of hearing their loved one say ‘I do’?
In Florida, my home state, Amendment 2 was an extremely vague bill. Same-sex marriage was already banned but God forbid that the Supreme Court overturn it – we have to put something in the state Constitution. Every major newspaper in the state urged voters to reject this bill. In addition to the discrimination against gays and lesbians, this bill takes away rights already enjoyed by all domestic partners (that includes straights and seniors).
These bills were pushed strongly by the churches. Don’t get me started on that. I can write about that for days. I thought it was illegal for churches to get mixed up in politics – something about separation between church and state. Couldn’t they lose their tax-exempt status for this?
What surprises me is the number of African-Americans who remember their struggle during the Civil Rights era, this week actually voted for an African-American for president. These same people discriminated against another group of people. Their memories sure are short.
We need to right this wrong. As far as we came this week, we still have a way to go.