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November 09, 2012
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Democratic victory in Presidential race

When Obama was reelected on Tuesday, I breathed a sigh of relief. Earlier that day, like many of my peers, I had voted in my first presidential election, and once I exited my polling place, no amount of fabulous "I Voted" stickers could alleviate my nervousness. I had done my part in the election process, and the outcome was out of my hands. I stayed up late to watch the excruciatingly slow process of Obama gaining all the necessary electoral votes.

I am glad that our president is the first one in our history to openly support same-sex marriage. Since Obama makes a point to support women's rights, I can live in this country knowing that our leader respects my right to control what happens to my body. I know that there are plenty of liberals in this country who claim that Obama has not done enough, and, to an extent, I see their point. However, it is important to remember that this is now Obama's second term. He no longer has to worry about his reelection, and he can therefore stand by more of his liberal views without reason to fear the end of his career.

It is also wonderful to note that there were more positive changes that came out of this election. Same-sex marriage has been legalized in the states of Maryland, Maine and Washington. It fills me with pride to be a Marylander, knowing that my state now gives many of my friends the rights that I took for granted since I was a small child. Although it is still illegal for same-sex couples to marry in Minnesota, a bill that would specifically define marriage as heterosexual was overturned, so voters were able to prevent a major setback.

Mostly, I am just really excited. An Obama presidency is one that brings us closer to the American ideal-one that embraces all citizens, not just the majority, and works towards equality. Am I saying that everything is going to be quickly fixed? Of course not. However, it is fundamentally important that Americans constantly think about ways to improve all people's standard of living, because that is the only way change will occur. And we are heading in the right direction.

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