Which leads you to one of three conclusions:
1. There is no god.
2. There is a god, but he’s totally hands-off.
3. There is a god, and he likes gays, women, Muppets, and pot more than bigotry and selfishness.
Me, I’ll say this: even though Obama didn’t enjoy the electoral vote landslide yesterday that he did in 2008, this win is far more meaningful to me.
The 2008 election was marred by the passage of Proposition 8 in California — a state that also voted heavily for Obama. That means that huge chunks of the electorate voted against LGBT rights while voting for a man who had the most progressive views on LGBT rights of any presidential candidate in U.S. history. That hurt.
Thankfully, the following four years saw huge progress in America. We passed hate crimes legislation. We reformed healthcare, making life easier for those living with chronic diseases like HIV, which has disproportionately affected the LGBT community in the U.S. We did away with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
And last night, we elected a man who did something that no sitting president has ever done by announcing his support for marriage equality. Wingnuts on the religious right said it doomed him, but the right was proven wrong.
Gay is, apparently, okay.
But I’m not just happy about Obama’s win. Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate. One of the judges who helped legalize same-sex marriage in Iowa — Justice David Wiggins — was retained.
And for the first time ever, marriage equality was supported by voters in three states. It may well go our way in all four states where it was on the ballot: we’re still waiting for the votes to come in.
That makes this election so much sweeter than the last one. Hopefully, it will even serve as a bit of solace for my gay Republican friends. (Yes, I have them.) At least they’ll get to eat half their cake — though honestly, they were only going to get half a cake either way.