Well, another U.S. election has come and gone. I suspect about half the country feels like a tsunami hit them and left nothing but chaos and wreckage behind it, while the rest are celebrating the victory of one of their most beloved Presidents. An even larger group probably never cared much to begin with and as such, won’t notice much of a difference.
All that said, I had a dog in this fight, and by that I mean Referendum 74 which has been approved by a majority of Washington state voters; marriage equality for same-sex couples is now legal in my current state of residence.
Since I had been rabidly following the polls for this initiative since early summer, I felt pretty confident that it would pass. The margins were always in its favor, however I did not anticipate the emotional impact it would have on me when it finally became approved with nary 52% of the vote. Seriously, this cranky ol’ sombitch got tears in his eyes. It was like watching a film montage of all the anti-gay moments I had experienced in my life culminate into a crowning moment of pure, brilliant light where that cold chain of disappointing events exploded like a hash brown supernova.
So yeah, it was a good night for me. I know that’s not true for everyone, and I never want to be someone who throws a political win in people’s faces, because I certainly didn’t enjoy it when my side lost in November 2004. However, I believe that bringing another minority under the umbrella of rights that everyone else enjoys will ultimately be a healthy thing for this country. I think in about 20 years (maybe less), people will wonder what the big deal was about gay marriage.
On a humorous note, I came across some subtle journalism humor on the night of the election:
About two dozen people attending the Reject R-74 party at a coffee shop in a strip mall in Lynnwood had earlier cheered very early returns that had shown Washington voters rejecting R-74. Later, with King County’s votes counted and the approve Ref. 74 side gaining the lead, the mood was more subdued but still upbeat.
Newsflash: If you are planning your “victory” party in a strip mall coffee shop, chances are the evening is not going to end well for you. LOL