I don’t think I need to tell you how disappointed I am about the passage of proposition 102, as well as the passage of the California and Florida marriage amendments, and the Arkansas gay adoption ban.
But the fact of the matter is that I have not, and will not, give up hope.
While Arizona may have just become another state, with another so-called “Marriage Amendment,” in our State Constitution, our hope remains.
And while I am so saddened to have seen Arizona become the first state to vote down this hateful legislation, to watching it become just another state to pass it, I know I can believe in the future that is most certainly coming our way.
I have hope because the young people I work with everyday give me hope. They promise me that if we fail, then they help us stand and fight. And I believe in them.
I believe that our new President-elect Barack Obama cares about our community unlike any President has before. Our nation is a better place, and has a better chance of securing its place in the future because of his historic victory.
With so much work we have already done, it seems impossible to think of what work we still have to do.
But the truth remains: our rights are still at stake.
Now, more than ever, we need to stand united against the forces that come our way. We need to rally.
We need to demand. If our rights are not offered to us, then we will just have to march up and take them!
It will take an army of determined, angry, but most importantly, patient people – and I believe we have that. I believe we always have.
I believe that we can, and should demand our rights and in turn a better future for all Arizonians, and all Americans.
I believe that our community, and any community of people who have faced oppression, are communities made up of the most powerful element that nothing – no matter how hard they try, can beat. I believe that element is love.
I strongly believe that as long as we stand as a community, we can win.
And I believe we will.
Our wounds maybe deep, but they aren’t permanent. Our pain maybe heartbreaking, but it’s not life-ending.
Our movement has not ended, but rather it has just begun.
Let this serve as a warning to those who have worked so hard to deny me the basic fundamental rights of equality: I am angry, and I am determined.
And I believe our opponents time at gagging our legislature and wasting our tax dollars is at an end, because while our opponent may have won this battle, they haven’t won the war.
And while they may have enraged me with this election, they have created a warrior is not ready to stop. Who is now more determined for change than ever before.
I believe in the future.
I believe in my rights.
And I believe that integrity and love will always – always, win in the end.