As with so many things in life, unfortunately, the build-up led to a somewhat disappointing end result. (Like when I went to the Varsity in Atlanta for the chili dog and it was, well, okay. I should have gotten the fried pie. I should have listened to Nan.)
Don’t get me wrong — I am thrilled that Barack Obama is the President Elect. Getting a Democrat into the White House has been my hope for the past 8 years. And for America to finally show that it — collectively — is mature enough to look at a person and judge them on their merits and not by their skin — that is huge.
But here’s the thing. I mean, I hate to rain on anyone’s parade. But at the same time that America was being all mature an stuff by electing an African American as President, it was also showing its — collective — immaturity and insecurity by stripping away civil rights from its fellow citizens.
In California, 18,000 Americans who happen to love someone of the same sex have gotten married since June. That is, they have entered into a contract with each other, the same way that heterosexual couples do. Because that’s what marriage is in the eyes of the law. What your religious beliefs are, well, that’s your right to believe. But you and I may have different beliefs on this.
And that’s why we have a little thing called Separation of Church and State.
For example, I know very little about the Catholic Church, but I do know that divorce is out of the question. Yet, as we well know, divorce is quite common and completely acceptable in the civil arena. Why? Because the concept of divorce being terrible is a religious one.
This post is not very well written, and I apologize. But it’s been rattling around in my head all day as I talk to friends and co-workers about the wonderful thing that is the election of Barack Obama. Those same voters who elected him also chose to take away basic civil rights of your fellow Americans in California, Arizona, and Florida, as well as deny the possibility of children in Arkansas to be adopted by loving gay parents. No special rights were being asked for. Only equal rights.
Yes, America has come far to elect Barack Obama. But clearly some in America are still more equal than others.