Hope, enthusiasm, and change were in the air after Barack Obama's historic victory as the first African-American ever elected President of the United States.I'm pretty sure he also is the first U.S. president to have the middle name Hussein, but then again, I don't claim to be a presidential scholar. For all I know, Millard Fillmore or Franklin Pierce could've already claimed that honor.
But, lest we get too excited basking in the collective glory over Barack Obama's transformational election victory, some lesser known but nonetheless significant ballot decisions in 36 states around the country reminded us we're still not that enlightened.
I like to call them little reminders that this county isn't about to join hands and break into a collective Kumbaya while swaying in the breeze.
No, the gays did not fare well this election cycle. Along with Obama's thrilling victory, came the obligatory right-wing backlash against their favorite target of sin, the dreaded homosexuals.
As of Nov. 4, 2008, three states: Arizona, Florida, and California (wtf?!), approved constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage. Only difference is California, unlike its purer counterparts, was actually voting to overturn a recent California Supreme Court measure that declared the 2000 gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Crazy Californians!
Not fully satisfied with a gay marriage ban alone, voters in the always forward thinking state of Arkansas decided to take it a step further and ban gay couples from adopting children or serving as foster parents. Cause it's always a brilliant idea to prevent foster children from going to parents who actually want them.
Wicked gay agenda effectively thwarted.