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Updated: 2018-02-21T06:29:47.292-05:00

 



After watching Obama's acceptance speech, I went t...

2008-11-06T23:31:00.000-05:00

After watching Obama's acceptance speech, I went to my room, closed the door behind me, leaned up against it and teared up in the dark knowing now I, too, can achieve anything I want and have ran out of excuses. It was the single greatest feeling of relief and adrenaline I've felt in a long time about anything.

I guess now, back to the movies.



anon -- it wasn't young voters. they were majority...

2008-11-06T08:05:00.000-05:00

anon -- it wasn't young voters. they were majority against it from articles i've read.

it was southern california, religious voters, and the black vote (which was surging for Obama -- but unfortunately not listening to the Obama/Biden position on Prop 8 which was "no" ... albeit not well publicized)



IMHO opinion is wasn't just the Black vote or the ...

2008-11-06T00:53:00.000-05:00

IMHO opinion is wasn't just the Black vote or the young vote that allowed this to pass. It was a combination of all, including Whites and old. You can't win something without the contribution of many groups.

It really is sad though.



You were in Harlem too? Wasn't it crazy? And aweso...

2008-11-05T16:35:00.000-05:00

You were in Harlem too? Wasn't it crazy? And awesome? A "grandchild moment" if there ever was one! (A grandchild moment being the kind of thing you'll tell your grandchildren, "Oh I celebrated in Harlem when Barack Obama was elected.")

Of course, the probable passing of Prop 8 as well as its Florida equivalent and the ban on gay adoption in Arkansas makes the 4th of November 2008 not a total victory...



Polls are showing that the young voters are the on...

2008-11-05T15:29:00.000-05:00

Polls are showing that the young voters are the ones that lead the Prop 8 win. 18-34 age group.



Being a Black woman, I am elated that Barack has b...

2008-11-05T15:20:00.000-05:00

Being a Black woman, I am elated that Barack has been elected, but I am saddened about the Prop 8 situation.

Life is too short to hate.I just don't get why people care so much about passing prop 8. Does it bother people that much? People have far too much time on their hands. It definitely makes me want to see Milk more.

~Ariel~



In CT we will be allowed to marry starting Nov 12....

2008-11-05T15:00:00.000-05:00

In CT we will be allowed to marry starting Nov 12. My excitement over the election and all that has passed is tempered however - I am very sorry for my brothers and sisters in CA.



I still can't put into words everything I'm feelin...

2008-11-05T14:48:00.000-05:00

I still can't put into words everything I'm feeling about Obama pulling this off. I never thought I'd see this in my lifetime, but I'm elated that I did. That acceptance speech . . . incredible. I don't think I've ever been prouder of a vote that I've cast for president than I am right now.

Ironically, it was probably the strong African-American vote in CA for Obama that also signaled Prop 8 being passed there. Most are quite religious and didn't want marriage redefined on any terms versus what's in the Bible. That struck a chord for them to vote conservatively at least there. Sad occurrence, but entirely strategic.



Does prop 8 need 51% to pass or 60%. In Florida it...

2008-11-05T13:32:00.000-05:00

Does prop 8 need 51% to pass or 60%. In Florida it's 60%, I wasnt sure if thats in California as well. Very disappointed in Amendment 2 in Florida. People have no idea that it wasnt just attcking gay rights, but also common law marriages of heterosexual couples. The Conservative Right capitializes on the Religious Ignorance.



We can't have an Obama film for a while . We just ...

2008-11-05T13:23:00.000-05:00

We can't have an Obama film for a while . We just had a Jesus movie not that long ago.



My elation over Obama is definitely tempered by bi...

2008-11-05T12:02:00.000-05:00

My elation over Obama is definitely tempered by bitter disappointment over Prop 8.

The fact is despite Obama's win, we still have a very long way to go--but at least we are taking some steps in the right direction.



As far as bubbles go, L.A. is the one that I live ...

2008-11-05T11:27:00.000-05:00

As far as bubbles go, L.A. is the one that I live in. To show you how aggressive the Yes on 8 campaign was, they had the balls to canvass in West Hollywood . . . that should have been a huge sign to me . . .



arkaan -- i always thought california was more lib...

2008-11-05T08:50:00.000-05:00

arkaan -- i always thought california was more liberal than that too. But i think part of the problem here was that fair-minded voters everywhere were so caught up in the Obama movement that not enough resources were directed that way. I mean you still barely hear the news talking about Prop 8 even though it's a huge thing in terms of american character and our willingness to actually stand by our democratic ideals or shove them aside whenever we're uncomfortable with any particular situation or minority group.



Disappointed in prop 8, even if it's defeated. If...

2008-11-05T08:02:00.000-05:00

Disappointed in prop 8, even if it's defeated. If it's defeated, it'll be barely defeated, thus prompting other states to do the same with probably more success (I always thought California was more liberal than that.)

But the decisive Obama victory was something beautiful to behold.



Question 1 did not pass in CT which is good news -...

2008-11-05T07:15:00.000-05:00

Question 1 did not pass in CT which is good news - it was backed by the anti-gay groups and the Catholic Church because of the recent state supreme court ruling that gay marriage should be allowed. Voting "yes" would have created a constitutional convention in which gay marriage could have been banned in our state constitution.

I'm very sad to hear about Prop 8, though. (I hope Ellen says something about it.) It sounds as though it has passed?

And oh - my sweetie woke me up with the news that Obama won. Such sweet news!



Prop 8 hasn't passed yet. If it doesn't pass othe...

2008-11-05T03:05:00.000-05:00

Prop 8 hasn't passed yet. If it doesn't pass other states would be more willing to start accepting gay marriages. Not all, but some. Problem now is what to do with all the marriages that have happened over the last six months.

Also, Arizona and Florida passed Ban on Gay Marriages. Arkansas passed Ban on Gay Couples Adopting Children.



So excited for you guys - what a wonderful occasio...

2008-11-05T02:54:00.000-05:00

So excited for you guys - what a wonderful occasion. Watching the bits and pieces I've seen on TV is surely nothing compared to what it's actually like over there.

Sad about Prop 8 though. Ugh.



Bad news, Prop 8 is probably most likely going to ...

2008-11-05T01:32:00.000-05:00

Bad news, Prop 8 is probably most likely going to pass.



just got back from the wild absolutely joyous stre...

2008-11-05T00:33:00.000-05:00

just got back from the wild absolutely joyous streets of Harlem.

everything feels so good and hopeful tonight.



WHEEEE!!!!!

2008-11-04T23:56:00.000-05:00

WHEEEE!!!!!



I'm still in tears!!! Not of joy because Obama won...

2008-11-04T23:54:00.000-05:00

I'm still in tears!!! Not of joy because Obama won but of laughter because someone had the brilliant idea to play McCain off the stage of his concession speak to the score from Crimson Tide!



Happiness.

2008-11-04T23:15:00.000-05:00

Happiness.



When I voted today I invited my German wife (and u...

2008-11-04T17:46:00.000-05:00

When I voted today I invited my German wife (and unborn baby) to enter the booth with me. She was shocked, shocked she said, that there were more than two political parties-- like in Germany, except much less so.

We voted for Nader. She was very exhilarated by the whole experience (as I always am) and I think the baby kicked.



I'm from Ottawa so I can't vote. I did get the joy...

2008-11-04T17:28:00.000-05:00

I'm from Ottawa so I can't vote. I did get the joy of voting in our recent Canadian federal election, you know, the one with the lowest national turnout in our history resulting in no changes of seats at all. However, the election campaign only lasted 40 days compared to God knows how long it's been going on in the States.



I'm in Paris, I don't vote since I'm not American ...

2008-11-04T16:04:00.000-05:00

I'm in Paris, I don't vote since I'm not American (but I'm planning to complete my degree in NY).

I'll watch the results on CNN.

I just bought a bottle of wine, and I'm already drunk.

Tristan