Thursday, May 10, 2012

Game Changer


The following is a post from our guest Blogger, Colleen Amos. She felt that she had something to say, and here it is:

 
On days like yesterday it’s almost like anything you could say would sound clich√©. Momentous, historical, a day where you might at a later date in your life say “I remember when…”

I’ve been hoping, fighting, voicing opinion in wait of a day like yesterday for so long. I never thought I would see it.  A day that changes the game, the landscape. A few statements which make the world a little better. Perhaps this is how it felt when people first read the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Now in my head anyone in my position would feel the same way. Be brimming with excitement over this inspiring statement of acceptance from the current chief executive. I feel I represent my demographic, female, mid-late twenties, college graduate. What do you do with a B.A. in Theatre Studies? Not much but struggle to get a job to pay off the student loan debt you’ve accrued obtaining this piece of paper that declares you’re smart. I am the 99% and blah, blah, blah. Obama is supposedly my president. 

I’ve never considered myself a true Obama supporter, never felt I could rally. I consider myself a Democrat. 

I don’t support big business in any case. Obama seemed like the lesser of two evils in 2008. I felt he ran on an empty platform full of empty promises of “change”. Then things did start changing. The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” started the ball rolling. 

Yesterday my opinion of Obama changed.

 I think it changed for a lot of people. I now feel that if this man were to be re-elected maybe some changes can be made that don’t factor in the ideals of the religious in Washington.  I think this has made a significant stride in the direction of true separation of church and state. Yesterday was truly a humanist victory. A day when the LGBT community in this country all breathed a little easier, felt like finally they won, even if just a little. A step in the right direction has been taken. 

Yesterday my president openly and firmly endorsed the ability for gays and lesbians to get married…no bullshit civil union...to be married in the same way as I would be able to if and when I choose to do so. 
When the leader of the free world, on camera, makes a stand, people stop and listen. When I heard the words President Obama shared with the world yesterday I felt like leaping for joy. For once, it felt like this country was catching up with the rest of the “civilized” world. The incumbent commander in chief decided that in an election year, when no one else had ever done it in history, and at the risk of losing a huge portion of his constituency that he was going to make a statement that said it is not right to discriminate against any person for any reason. Screw the reaction of the Christian Right, the machine that generally runs the politics in this country. 

Is the President publicly backing gay marriage going to change everything overnight? Of course not. He doesn’t actually write legislation. But, if he can win this next election on a platform of equality and the belief in the rights of all people, that’s a big step in the right direction. Yesterday was a win. Yesterday takes us closer to the day when our children can feel safe in admitting who they truly are. Yesterday takes us one step closer to basic equalities for all people. Men and women, of any race, creed, or sexual orientation, standing together as a united front to make this the strongest country it can be. Yesterday brings us closer to true freedom. Yesterday changes everything. 

 I wonder what the rest of the world thinks. Perhaps, thanks for finally catching up, America.
-Colleen Amos

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