Election Night: Save Dade's Amendment 2 Party

It’s late, so I’ll save the rant on Amendment 2. (Dear Florida, we are not friends anymore...) No, really, it’s only CIVIL RIGHTS we’re talking about, no need to get upset or anything.

Numbers are still sketchy, but CNN and The Miami Herald have already projected Florida's Ammendment 2 will pass. And the folks over at Save Dade (the good guys) have come to terms with the loss. So, it’s obvious this state has climbed aboard a fucked up, homophobic time traveling machine to the 1950s, and we’re screwed. No need to say it.

Instead, I’ll leave you with how things went down at Save’s News Café election party, which was actually pretty fun, for how bittersweet the night was.

10:00 p.m.: The numbers aren’t looking good: 38 percent of the counted vote goes to Save Dade, 62 percent to the bigots. (Numbers according to Save Dade)

10:05 p.m. : Both the The Miami Herald and CNN project the Amendment will pass.

10:07 p.m. University of Miami kids take a group shot of tequila to ease the Amendment 2 pain.

10:10 p.m.: Save Dade Director CJ Ortuño speaks into a big, bulbous Channel 4 microphone in front of Soyka on 55th Street. His words foreshadow defeat: “If this amendment gets into the constitution, it’s going to be challenged…” The pretty newscaster seems more into scoping out who’s coming out of the restaurant.

10:25 p.m.: CJ tells New Times: “I’m planning my, 'Unfortunately,We Lost Speech.’”

10:26 p.m.: Four ladies in crisp, white Save Dade T-Shirts give each other a melancholy group hug outside the bar. “It’s only a stepping stone,” one of them encourages. She’s dewy-eyed.

10:33 p.m.: CJ tells New Times the what’s-next plan: Start with domestic partnership benefits in Florida municipalities. That will then “trickle down to corporations.” He adds: “It worked for the civil rights movement.”

10:34 p.m.: CJ tells New Times how the Sunshine State’s gay haters could mess up the economy: “We’re going to try to detoxify the atmosphere of homophobia… One thing were concerned about is that gay and lesbian travelers wont see Florida as a gay-friendly place. Tourism is rooted in tolerance and acceptance. We are way behind France and Spain on coupling rights. And if you‘re a gay or lesbian student, you‘re not going to look at University of Miami as your top choice. ”

10:40 p.m.: Girls on wireless laptops check Amendment 2 numbers online. They frown.

10:42: p.m.: Cheers for Obama ring from the pizza place across the street.

10:42 p.m : CJ tells New Times a bit about Save’s competition: “We’re up against the Christian Coalition and the Florida Republican Party. They have shown they’re interested in keeping things unequal and maintaining a certain level of entitlement.”

11:10 p.m.:CNN announces Obama will be the first black president. Total freak out. Florida has finally woken up from its 8-year coma! Amendment what? Oh, yeah. Volunteers call the night, “Not a complete loss.” They point out Obama’s plan to legalize gay adoption in Florida, and put an end to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Maybe there’s some hope?

11:20 p.m.: Volunteer Maria Munoz raps the night up in a somber bow: “I’m going to walk the streets thinking: You voted against me. You voted against me. A lot of people are hurting right now... But it's not over.”

--Natalie O'Neill

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