Our Big Fat Gay Election

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I thought witnessing the Great PUMA Tantrum of Aught-Eight in real time was fun, but it turns out that was just the bagged crudité tray before the grand schadenfreude banquet that is the Colossal Wingnut Bed-Shitting of 2012. Good times!

But among all the very many reasons to be happy today, one of my favorite things is the stunning progress we’ve made on LGBT equality, symbolized by a few of last night’s election results. NOM has a sad today, and that’s a Good Thing. They used to crow about their “36-0” record, and to give the devil their due, they were remarkably successful in advancing the cause of bigotry and defacing various state constitutions with anti-gay graffiti.

That streak is broken. Marriage equality won in Maine, Maryland and Minnesota (and maybe Washington state too). Tammy Baldwin is the first openly gay senator elected in US history.

This particular moral arc of the universe has been bending toward justice for a long time, thanks to the brave and tireless efforts of millions of people over decades. And although it has bent more sharply recently, we still have a long way to go.

But is there any doubt that having a sitting president come out in favor of marriage equality made a difference? Is there any doubt that President Obama’s successful drive to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell changed things?

Thank you, President Barack Obama. Well done, sir.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 11/07/12 at 06:12 PM • Permalink

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Here in Washington, it’s been steady at 51% yes.  I suspect you don’t have to worry about this state.

I love this picture

Comment by HumboldtBlue on 11/07/12 at 07:38 PM

Also, in honor of an election night for the ages for American women, may I introduce you to young Sam Gordon who appears to be the love child of Dick Butkus and Barry Sanders and plays football like a little girl.

Comment by HumboldtBlue on 11/07/12 at 07:49 PM

But is there any doubt that having a sitting president come out in favor of marriage equality made a difference? Is there any doubt that President Obama’s successful drive to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell changed things?

Thank you, President Barack Obama. Well done, sir.

There is not a shred of doubt in my little lesbian heart, Betty.  Yesterday, my grandaughter went off to pre-school and announced that, if she could vote, she’d vote for Barack Obama because he will let her Grammies get married . . . . no going back from here.

I’d also thank VP Biden for being the first to come out strongly in favor of same-sex marriage.  Now, let’s hope that the marijuana legalization laws that have been passed will inspire the president to drop the failed, dangerous, expensive War on (Some) Drugs.

Betty,

how did the Repiglican’s effort to toss out those three judges
in FL turn out?

We had the AK chapter of AFA trying to dump one of our best Superior court judges because he upheld the constitutionality of the parental notification law (the AFA wanted parental permission) for minors getting abortions. He won.

I saw how FL rejected the no public funding for abortions and the public funding for religious schools (maybe they realized they could be paying for madrassas?-idjits). I’m really hoping you guys throw out Voldemort like you did with West. Also, good going on getting Grayson reelected!

They’re still counting the votes here, but it looks like the judges will be retained, from what I hear. I was amazed and pleased that Floridians rejected those amendments, which were 1) a power-grab by Voldemort and the legislature, and 2) designed to create chaos and long lines at the polls to discourage people from voting. FAIL.

There’s a prime opportunity to boot Voldemort in 2014, but if anyone can fuck it up, it’s the Florida Democratic Party. I hate to say it, but they are a hot mess, from what I’ve seen. Still, all they have to do is nominate someone who can fog a mirror. Scott is the least popular governor in the US, and that was BEFORE he demonstrated that he’s more devoted to disenfranchising people than Bull Connor. People are PISSED.

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