The world changed tonight. A surely as it changed the day the Berlin wall came down. I am filled with such joy and amazement. My country has made a wonderful, history-making choice. A choice that makes me feel hopeful. Hope, what a strange feeling for a pessimist like me.
However, there's other work to do. Today I saw my Doctor for a routine appointment. With much pride, he told me, that he and his male-partner were married last week. The two of them have been together for over twenty years and have a son. In fact their son just graduated college a few months ago. In many ways they are a typical American family. This man was so happy and proud, but at the same time nervous about the possible passing of proposition 8. This proposition is an initiative on the 2008 California General Election ballot, that would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. If passed, this would mean discrimination would become part California's state constitution. And yet, I'm still expecting that this hateful amendment will ultimately fail, even if it passes tonight. I truly believe a new era of tolerance and enlightenment is coming to America. It won't be easy, more than likely it will be difficult. But it will happen.
And of course there was the dropping of the "Uncle Tom" bomb tonight by Ralph Nader. I'm still in shock that he actually spoke those words on national television, on this historic evening. Ralph Nader was always someone I looked up to. A crusader, a maverick, and a freedom fighter. Yet he will now be forever remembered as uttering the first publicly racist statement regarding our 44th President.
Yes there's still work to do, but I'm hopeful.