I was elated when it was announced that Barack Obama had won the presidency and had done so convincingly. My elation was cut short when I realized that California passed Proposition 8 which has effectively classified gays and lesbians as second class citizens. Being a gay man it was a bitter pill to swallow. Many of the minority groups I have always helped had decided that I was somehow less a person than they were. Many are saying it was wording of the Proposition, others are saying it was the inflammatory rhetoric. I am saying that in America it is OK to discriminate against Gays and Lesbians. I will remember that the next time the right wing comes after the Hispanic population with an "English Only" ballot measure whose sole purpose is to incite fear and hatred. I will remember that when all Affirmative Action programs are on the ballot for elimination. Without a coalition of people willing to stand up for the rights of others the mob mentality will always win the day and those deemed less than will forever be classified as second class citizens. They took away my rights, what makes you think that they won't come after yours?