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05/09/2013

5/9/2012

by Jeremy Hooper

A year ago, a reporter asked me to share my feelings on a historic day. This is what I said in that moment:

Screen Shot 2013-05-09 At 8.22.09 Am"When working so hard towards a specific goal, it's sometimes hard to imagine what the end will feel like, be it good or bad. That's been the case for me in this LGBT rights fight, where court battles, legislative fights, and ballot initiatives—both the wins and (especially) the losses—have packed more wallop than I would have anticipated.

It happened to me again on [May 9, 2012]. During my years of asking (/demanding) the President to "evolve already!" I didn't allow myself to process either the cold possibility that constitutional scholar Obama really
didn't support my marriage or the much more likely potential of him being a great advocate-in-waiting.

When the latter became the reality, I didn't know to expect chills. Or giddiness. Or the newfound sense that I actuality would see an end to this "culture war" in my
Screen Shot 2013-05-09 At 8.25.01 Amlifetime. But I did feel all those things and more, and I gotta tell ya: it felt pretty great!

I know that there is much track ahead and that some on the other side see this as as much of a motivator as I do. But this week, a day after North Carolina's Amendment One messed with my mojo and a month before my husband and I celebrate our third (legally married) anniversary, I thank President Obama for reminding my battle-scarred self of how good goosebumps can feel.
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—Jeremy Hooper, May 2012

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