Not This Time

November 4th, 2008 was a bittersweet night for me. Throughout that year, I’d been very involved in helping the Obama campaign so I was ecstatic about the outcome of the presidential election. But I was profoundly saddened by the narrow victory of Proposition 8 in California. I felt a strange mix of exuberance in knowing that we could elect the most qualified person for our highest office, regardless of the color of his or her skin, while at the same time realizing that, despite all our progress, some Americans were still more equal than others.

In 2010, my daughter, Maya, wrote this essay for her fifth grade school writing contest. I was very proud of her but I also feared that her dream was not likely to be realized any time soon. But today, only two short years later, Washington became the seventh state in the US to legally guarantee full marriage equality for all its citizens.

It’s a moment to celebrate but also a time to be wary, because after tonight the real fight begins. The haters will come and spend money and time and do everything in their power to promote their agenda of discrimination and intolerance, just as they did four years ago in California. But you know what? It’s not going to work. Not this time. Maya and I are going to make sure of that. Will you join us?

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