President Elect Barack Obama

Enjoy the victory tonight. Soon, the really tough work begins.

Addendum: For all the crowing that was done last night about how miraculous it was that an African American was elected president and how far we have come, in California, widely hailed as one of the greatest state of free-thinking liberals, Measure 8 looks like it passed, writing an explicit ban against same-sex marriage into our state’s Constitution. As a married person with a partner of the opposite sex, I can’t imagine how denying George Takei his right to spend the rest of his life with Brad Altman defends my marriage from anything.

We have met the challenge of the future, and the challenge is us.