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November 8, 2012

Moving Forward: Same Love, New Election.

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Last night our country made history. Though I have written many political posts before, the steps made by American citizens to move forward is hard to ignore. President Barack Obama was reelected. Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana. The first disabled women was elected into Senate, along 19 other female senators (the largest number of women to ever enter Congress). Both Maine and Maryland legalized same sex marriage. The United States of America was founded by a very homogenous group of individuals; white, heterosexual, land owning, middle age males. And look how far we have come.

At Clark there are various clubs committed to politics, women’s interests, and sexuality such as Democrats of Clark University, Clark University Republicans, OPEN, VOX and Choices. Although each of these groups play a specific role on campus and held events such as the Election Night Party by DCU; individuals at Clark played a crucial role on campus during election season as well. After an article that came out this summer, followed by a commercial which aired in his home state, Maine; Brian Arsenualt, a junior here at Clark, impacted many as he publicly supported equal marriage rights for his mothers and all Mainers. When the vote became clear, Brian stated:

“After recent failed attempts to gain equality for same-sex couples in Maine over the past years, the approval of referendum question number one was significant in more ways than one. For my family (and many others with homosexual friends or family members), it gives my moms the ability to stand up in front of their friends and family and celebrate their love for each other. It also gives the people a sense of pride in our progression towards acceptance and equality. We’re the first state to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. I couldn’t be more proud to be a Mainer.”

The acceptance and overwhelming love felt for every individual on this campus is real. “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” Clark’s motto, is seen every day- and slowly, what we actively do at Clark is becoming more and more conventional every day (especially after this election). Even celebrities and popular artists such as Macklemore, with their piece “Same Love”, have announced their support of gay marriage rights, women representatives, and other pertinent issues at hand. During his acceptance speech, President Barack Obama said “we know in our hearts, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come” and after my first election in which I voted, I know this is true.

“When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless

Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen

I might not be the same, but that’s not important

No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it”

-Macklemore

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