Barack Obama will be sworn in as President of the United States on steps that slaves built. Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist
I woke up about 4 am with a very sore throat and body. Its a feeling I've expected because in the last month I've hugged and kissed so many people; embracing out of a shared anxiety and anticipation of what November 4th could bring to our country. This percolating sickness is worth it because last night I hugged people I love and people I'd never met, I shouted out on the street at the top of my lungs, "Obama!" and received "Obama!" shouts back. I yelled on the phone to friends all over the world and we all wished we could terrorist fist jab one another. I Facebooked, I Twittered and I Googled through the night. All that anxiety and fear that bore a hole in my stomach suddenly became worth it because now we get to say President Barack Hussein Obama.
There isn't very much that can bring me down today, except this: California, Florida and Arkansas.
In the same year that America elected an African American president, we've also denied rights to our GLBT community members. Florida added marriage discriminaton to their laws. Arkansas now bars unmarried couples from adopting children who need homes, directed at same sex couples and inadvertently hurting single parents and countless kids who just want a place to live with people that love them. At this hour, California is still counting but I can't believe even in this blue state, its an issue.
No group should have to wait their turn. That line has been used to irrelevance. It's been used towards women, minorities, GLBT community and it was used against Obama early on. I'm hear to tell you, no one should wait their turn for equality. None of us should sit on our laurels and expect anyone else fix this. It is our responsiblity and don't let anyone tell you different because we live in Oregon.
The way I will celebrate this day is to continue to remind everyone that our work is not done. If you look your neighbor, your friend, your family member in the eye and know they don't have the same rights as you do, you know we are not done. Get to work, get to work.