Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The People Have Spoken

"We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way " - Philip F. Bernstein.

Well, it’s over. I never had any delusions that the Amendment would fail, this is Utah after all. In fact I am quite encouraged at the numbers. I don’t look at the amount of people who voted for the Amendment, most of them are religious sheep who couldn’t have an original thought if they tried. I am encouraged at the numbers against the Amendment, gay and straight, who realized the travesty in denying the existence of gay, lesbian and non-traditional families. It was one of the closest margins of those states with a Marriage Amendment on the ballot, which is a victory for a very religious, Republican state. For that, I am proud.

The fight is far from over. The Amendment is Constitutionally flawed, and we know it. It never even went through a Constitutional Committee before being put out before the people to check that it would hold water. And it won’t. I am convinced it will be repealed on that basis alone. It will cost Utahns millions of dollars to defend and they will wish they’d never seen it. It’s a hollow victory.

Yes, the people have spoken, but so will the law. You can’t legislate the rights of your fellow American away.

"The fight for equal rights didn’t start with this campaign and it won’t end with this campaign." Scott McCoy, Executive Director, Don’t Amend Alliance

(1) Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman; and (2) no other domestic union may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equal legal effect. Marriage

1885 of 1912 precints reporting – 99% of total

Yes 66% 535,259
No 34% 294,312

As for the Presidential election, I am grateful Kerry conceded and didn’t drag out the whole process. It shows his level of integrity and his respect of the election process. I think it was a very close race, a lot closer than Bushco would have liked, and I think it puts Bush on alert – we are watching you.

I am not surprised at the level of Republicans elected to office. It fluctuates, and we will have to ride it out. I am encourage by the election of people like Barack Obama (D-Ill)... he’s the kind of hope for the future we can expect from the Democratic Party. We are on the comeback with strong, intelligent, thoughtful candidates who have vigor and strength.

Keep the faith, people. Keep the faith!


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