America votes for change.
Publish Date: 05/11/2008
A new era in American history was ushered in last night as Barrack Obama became America's first black President, and ended the Republican's reign in the White House.
Obama's Democrats defeated McCain's Republicans by an overwhelming 349 electoral college votes to 162. The Democrats made some major gains, including: Ohio, Virginia and Florida.
In a rousing acceptance speech President elect Obama highlighted the importance of his diverse nation coming together to create a change. He said: "...young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America."
"This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one."
However, an American website for lesbian and bisexual women - afterellen.com - this morning reported that away from the Obama celebrations, American gay rights were being delivered a blow, as propositions and amendments that deny or prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage were approved in Arizona and Florida. While in Arkanasas, legislation was going through that makes it illegal for gay couples to adopt.
Hopefully, President elect Obama will continue to endorse gay rights and fight against discrimination.