Bitter Sweet Victory

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I was watching CNN today, and they showed an "iReporter" posting a video blog on their website about the passage of all of the amendment across the country to ban gay marriage constitutionally (in their states constitution).  She said that she wanted to ask a gay African American what they feel about the results of the election.  While I am not African American, I am gay.  I was so proud of our country for coming out and supporting Obama, and making history for civil rights.  Racism will still exists, but this is a great step.

However, don't attack me for saying it, but gay is the new black.  We are being persecuted, and our rights are not being provided.  Why is it okay, for Californians and Floridians to say I can't see my loved one if he were to be in the hospital.  Or if heaven forbid, I were somehow on my death bed, why it would be okay to tell Jimmy he can't see me.

We took one step forward in our fight of civil rights for everyone by electing Barack Obama, but we took one giant leap backward by passing Prop 8 and Amendment 2.

I am so excited that the reign of terror an chaos of George W Bush is over.  But I am so sad that this country, which prides itself on its days of overcoming civil rights barriers, has instituted such constitutional amendments.  My gay friends say "its not permanent... it can be undone."  Sure, it can, but now we wait longer, and we reinforce the religious right's attempts to squash minorities.

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