“What You Intended for Harm, God Intended for Good”

Jim Burroway

November 5th, 2008

The following email appeared in my inbox this morning from one of our wonderful No on Prop 102 volunteers.

The quote in the subject header comes from Genesis 50:20. It’s what Joseph told his brothers years after they sold him into slavery. Because of what they did to him, he ended up a chief official to the Pharaoh and saved the lives of his whole family during a famine.

Four years ago, like most of you, I sat desolate as the presidential results came in. I could not conceive how the nation could survive another four years of Bush. And yes, it did get worse.

But out of that loss four years ago came a victory tonight that we dared not even imagine back then. Instead of a leader that was merely better than Bush, we now are looking at a future with a leader who I believe will change our country and our world for the better.

So with this in mind, I think about our loss on Prop 102 and the potential loss on Prop 8 in California . As sad as I am to see bigotry and discrimination win, I can’t help but wonder, what amazing thing that we cannot dare dream of now is this setting us up for?

It has been a great honor to work with all of you throughout this election, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves alongside of you for the next task. And the next. And the next.

Because we know that good and right don’t always win, but they eventually win. And we will win. In ways we never even imagined were possible.


Jason D

November 5th, 2008

progress is not a straight line.

It is like a wheel moving forward on the ground. Pick a point on that wheel, and yes for a time that point will move backwards, only to be carried further forward as it rotates.


November 5th, 2008

I guess as a sign of clinging to any morsel of good news my co-workers are gloating over the win with the Proposition 8 in California. It’s their only glimmer of happiness today.

They haven’t asked for my take on the election yesterday but the whispers are there. They know the win in California is legislating discrimination or else they would not fear facing the facts…they only whisper.

The time for me to make a stand is not here yet. The day I can find myself with a picture of my lover/soul-mate sitting on my desk is not here yet. The day I can say my legal status is the same as those in the cubicles next to mine is not here yet.

But I’m immensely proud of you people here on BTB.


November 5th, 2008

This letter has been the best solace I’ve had over Prop 8 all day. At this point there is nowhere to go but up. Long ago the NAACP learned that focusing on individual states was not an efficient way to fight segregation. Perhaps with this new government, something better than killing Prop 8 can happen on the federal level.

Michele Kilmer

November 5th, 2008

Etched into marble above the steps of the Supreme Court are the words “Equal under the Law”. Every morning all over this country children end their morning pledge to the stars and strips “with liberty and justice for ALL”. I look forward to the day when these are no longer just words but truths we live by. Don’t give up the fight. We can beat bigotry, we will beat bigotry…we have to!


November 5th, 2008

It is a cause in which there are no failures, only setbacks.


November 6th, 2008

Go ahead and have a pity party. Not me. I am mad as hell! I don’t even live in any of the effected states, but I am still angry. I want to blame someone. Is it non-p.c. to blame African Americans? Polls showed they voted 70% for prop 8. I also blame Mormons, evangelicals and Knights of Columbus. But rejoice because chickens have equal rights now in CA. Hooray for mob rule!

Gentle Lamb

November 6th, 2008

Its a very touching comment. God bless
Gentle Lamb, Singapore


November 6th, 2008

This comment made me cry. I’m so emotional about the outcome of these three propositions. It is such a betrayal. What can I do now?

Tony Konrath

November 6th, 2008

What follows wil be a series of court battles that take this from California on to the whole nation.

If we had won then California would be one of the only places we could marry in. The road ahead leads to the supreme court.

That is where the battle will eventually be won for all Americans.

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