Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Enjoy the victory but we need to keep working!

I have a confession to make.

Please don't hate me for it.

I slept through the election results last night.

I tried to stay up with Matty, but I kept falling asleep. Maybe I was ready for this thing to just be over. Maybe I was feeling really stressed about the outcome. I just couldn't take the possibility we'd be left with a cliffhanger that would last for days and weeks.

When did I find out the results? It was close to midnight (Eastern time zone) when Matty climbed in bed and was bouncing around, hugging me, and all I could hear as he nuzzled up to me was, "You asleep? Hmm? You awake? Sweetie? I love you. Are you awake?"

I knew this was more than just a booty call.

I turned over and didn't even have to ask who won the election.

Matty reached over and turned on the bedside lamp. Then he ran down all the results we were interested in, from President, to U.S. Senate, to local Congressman, to the ballot questions.

We both just hugged each other for the longest time. Then we had a booty call celebration!

This morning I went back and looked at the the two paragraphs I contributed to our joint post from yesterday:

As valuable and important as voting is, walking in your polling center, making some marks on the ballot, and walking out is just the beginning. It's also important to take all the steps after that.
 
Do you stay aware of what elected officials are doing after they get in office? Do you express your opinion about important issues they are debating? Do you talk to other people about issues that matter to you? 
So as we are celebrating many victories, it's important to see this as just the beginning. Our work is not done until ALL people are treated equally under the law.

Let's enjoy the many positive results (and all the booty calls that go with them!), then let's get back to work. We're not done yet!

33 comments:

  1. I live in Maine and I was so very very happy to see that the marriage law got passed!!! I didn't stay up to see the results either but I found out first thing this morning. Now I'm all excited over it!! It's one step closer to the ultimate goal.
    Glad you both had fun celebrating with the booty calls lol

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  2. Oh look at all those lovely stares listed at the bottom! Nice! Now for the rest of them! :)

    Glad Matty informed you of the results! It was a super stressful night!

    Hugs!

    -Shell

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  3. I'm pretty sure my hubby and I cancelled each other out at the ballot box (in NC). I tried not to gloat when CNN called the election, but I'm very, very happy about the results. We do both support marriage equality, though, so we had common ground there. :-)

    I'm glad to hear Matty woke you up for a proper celebration! ;-)

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  4. I didn't stay up for the results, either -- I was too stressed by people I know who are otherwise great people, but apparently a LOT more fundamentalist than I realized! Scary, scary thing! Also, I'm kind of saddened by the fact that I can't help feeling this election win was fueled more by fear than anything else -- I know people for whom "Deomocrat" is the dirtiest of dirty words, so they didn't vote Obama, but were also scared enough by Republican extremism that they refused to vote for Romney. If they hadn't felt that way, results could have been far different. And a lot of people who might not otherwise have voted were, no doubt, afraid enough of the potential to be marginalized, dehumanized and even demonized that it drove them to the polls. Don't get me wrong; voting for whatever reason is a good thing. I just wish it didn't have to be motivated by fear...

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  5. Beautifully said!! It was a glorious victory yesterday all around - to re-elect a President who was the first to openly support gay marriage, to having multiple states pass marriage equality laws, and to having a openly gay Senator elected for the first time.

    But you're right - there is still a LOT of work to be done, and I'm so proud to be a straight ally and fighting until there is equality for all!

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  6. Brad, you are an inspiration!

    *celebration hugs to you both*

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  7. Bradley, your description of Matty attemping to wake you and give the election results is beyond adorable. My mental picture had me chuckling, but at least you two got some celebrating in. :)

    What a relief that it all turned out as well as it did. I expected to be up into the night. Couldn't believe when CNN called it at 11:18 pm when Ohio went into the 'blue' column. At that point the upper portion of the Empire State Building went completely blue! It was so beautiful.

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    1. Oh wow. I hadn't heard the Empire State Building went blue! I'm gonna see if I can find a pic of that! So cool.

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  8. I also expected this to drag on for days or weeks and was more than pleasantly surprised when CNN called it after Ohio. As for marriage equality (about damn time!), I am beyond proud that my home state of Maryland has FINALLY gotten with the times because now my best friend and her partner can have the wedding they deserve! :)

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  9. Don't feel bad Brad, I fell asleep too...it's hard for us eastcoasters, we have the lastest to wait up! Very happy over here, marriage equality is expanding, and us women don't have to give up our rights either :)

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    1. LOL.

      "Lastest," "Latest," it's all good, Carey! LOL ;)

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  10. I woke up at 4am my time zone to turn on the radio and hear who had won...they didn't know yet. So I went back to sleep and heard the amazing news at 7am! Everything is not done yet but things are definitely getting better. :)

    I cannot wait for France to vote in the beginning of the next year the bill extending marriage and adoption for same sex couples. *fingers crossed*

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    1. Like you said before, Doucement mais sûrement! ;)

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  11. Keep up the good work!! Maybe some day the US will be as cool as Canada :-P

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    1. Watch out, JF! We don't want any international incidents on this blog!! LOL!!! ;-)

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    2. Let's meet at the bicycle rack :)

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  12. I don't blame you for falling asleep early. It sounds like Matt had fun waking you up!

    I think the election results are a real victory for everyone who believes in equal rights and equal opportunities. I am so proud of our country and the direction in which we're headed (even if we haven't caught up to Canada yet, JF)!

    Of course I love that Obama will be our President for four more years. But there are a lot of House and Senate wins that made my day too.
    Claire McCaskill defeating Todd "legitimate rape" Akin in MO
    Elizabeth Warren defeating Scott Brown in MA
    Alan Grayson defeating Todd Long in FL
    Tammy Duckworth defeating Joe Walsh in IL

    And then there's Maine, Maryland, and Washington. I'll throw in Minnesota too - they're trying.

    It sounds like your first election was really memorable, Brad. Glad to hear it!



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    1. Oh, and we got another Kennedy elected here in Massachusetts (Joseph P. Kennedy III).

      He won the seat that openly gay Congressman Barney Frank held after he retired.

      He's the son of another Kennedy who was in Congress from here, and he's also the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy.

      Those Kennedys are like the Energizer bunny. They just keep going and going and going! ;)

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    2. Hooray - love the Kennedys! I know you like quotes, so I thought you might like this quote by John F. Kennedy as much as I do. I think of it every time someone says "liberal" like it's a dirty word.

      “If by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal", then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.”

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    3. I LOVE that quote from John Kennedy!! I've never run across that one before, but it's in my "Quote File" now! Thanks for sending it.

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  13. That's okay Brad. This Canadian stayed up for you. I was glued to CNN last night watching the election results. My son (who will be 23 on Friday) came home from his girlfriend's
    house while I was still up. We chatted about stats etc. & he's quoted percentages from various states - said he watched it all evening. When he went up to change, he stood there indignant and said, " BTW why is it anyone's business
    if gay people want to get married? How does them wanting to marry affect my life or anyone else's? I just don't get it!"

    That's my boy lol. He was born & brought up in Toronto with a pretty diverse population and we wanted him to grow up without any prejudices (well except against homophobic rich dudes who don't have their finger on the pulse of course).

    Now I have a confession. We both agreed it was sad that we were more interested in this election than our own in Canada. We suffer an endless stream of people who break every election promise & they are interchangable. Right now our Ontario premier quit before getting kicked out. Parliament is at a standstill. These idiots are getting paid & don't have to work for months. There should be a deputy or a vice premier or something. Rant over. I'm happy for you all

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    1. YAY for your son, Mary! And YAY for him having someone like you as his mom!

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  14. Post-election booty call, hmmm? Sounds like a pretty nice way to celebrate the LGBT wins last night.

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  15. Yep, there was no way I was going to be able to stay awake and go to work the next morning. Checked on the way to work though and was SO happy with the results. Glad we are making strides as a country.

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  16. I live in MN. I'm proud and happy to report we defeated the constitutional amendment making marriage something between a man and woman. Now we have to legalize marriage equality, and I think it's going to happen and happen soon. The tide is turning, my friends!

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    1. YAY for Minnesota!!! You're right. The tide does seem to be turning! We just have to keep working so that phrase in the Declaration of Independence about how everybody is created equal becomes a reality.

      What that document was first written, it didn't include women or people of color. Hell, it actually excluded anyone who didn't own property!

      (See, I am paying attention in my political science class!)

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  17. I had always thought my home state of Maryland was too small, oddly shaped, and without anything significant to make it stand out and be noticed. Well, I was wrong. My little state has made history and I am very proud to be a Marylander.

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