||[Nov. 6th, 2008|09:37 pm]
Deirdre Ionúin Gallagher
To the American fans (and all the rest) out there...well done. Very, very well done. You have done something incredible and given the world a great deal of hope. It's going to be a long road. I don't think there's anyone that doubts that. But I watched Barack Obama's speech and when he says "yes we can" I believe him.
But it's a long way off. This in particular is such a slap in the face. And California's proposition 8 wasn't the only moral black hole on election day. Three states banned gay marriage and one intends to stop gay couples from adopting children.
For a people who saw past the lines of race and elected a black man as president of a great country to turn around and do this... It's wrong. It's absolutely wrong. I think we can do better than this.
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and always will be, the United States of America. It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day. It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America.
You elected him. Listen to him. Those are your people. Your friends. Your families. Your neighbors. And they're hurting. They're being treated as second class citizens. Why should they be seen any differently? Even if you think marriage is between a man and a woman, that doesn't give you the right to tell other people how they should feel. Who they should love. That means you should marry a man or a woman like you believe and leave the rest of the world to it. The majority of you voted for change. You want hope back in the world. Don't take it away from someone else because you don't understand.
I believe we'll get there. It wasn't too long ago that black men and women were forced to use separate drinking fountains and they were refused the right to vote. They were refused a voice. Now a black man is the president of America. All people need to do it open their hearts and minds. And, dear friends, I know you can.