Post Election Recap

Last night was a night of things both wonderful and heartbreaking.  Here’s my pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Same sex marriage (also known as “marriage”) has been legalized in three states (Maine, Maryland and Washington), and a fourth (Minnesota) struck down a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage.  I’m pretty proud of my former home state, Washington.
  • Wisconsin elected the first openly gay Senator, and she’s their first female Senator!  Congratulations, Tammy Baldwin!
  • The first Asian American female Senator, and the first Buddhist Senator, is Mazie Hirono from Hawaii.
  • Bonus points to Hawaii for electing the first-ever Hindu Senator too.
  • There are now 20 women in the Senate.  That’s an additional three from the previous record!
  • All of New Hampshire’s delegates, AND their Mayor are women.
  • Most of the candidates who made headlines with ill-conceived notions regarding rape, abortion, or contraception were defeated!

Cons:

  • Proposition 35 in California won by a landslide.  But there’s some good news, as the EFF and ACLU have already filed suit to strike it down as unconstitutional.  I will remain heartbroken about this until it is struck down.  I have friends who are sex workers, and I am very concerned about how this will affect them.
  • Some really awful people decided that calling our President a monkey, and the “N” word were totally acceptable on Twitter.
  • Donald Trump completely lost his mind last night.

Overall, I think that it was a great night, with impressive leaps forward for women and the fight for equality.  I am proud of my country for making huge strides forward.  Now let’s fix that economy!

PS: This marks the 100th post for Nice Girls!  Thanks for joining me on this ride, and here’s to a few hundred more.

Posted on November 7, 2012, in Feminism, LGBTQ, Media and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I only disagree with you on one thing: that Donald Trump lost his mind was a bit humorous and totally expected for me. I mean, lame that he had to have a breakdown, but still. We all saw it coming, didn’t we? I also see it as a pro because maybe people will finally see that he clearly has some issues.

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