I'm still totally high from yesterday's inauguration. Hearing a President say things like, "The time has come to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness," got me the kind of buzzed it would take another 8 years of Bush in office to kill.
While I am clinging to my high, I am also starting to remember that there are those among us intent on resisting the ineluctable tide of brotherhood and hope that has come so close to uniting our nation. Take, for instance, David Caton. He's the executive director of the Florida Family Association, one of the organizations behind the passage of Amendment 2, the defeat of a 2008 civil rights bill that would have protected Florida's citizens from being fired or denied housing based on their sexual orientation and countless other less significant but equally ridiculous "accomplishments."
Lately, Caton and his eerily well-coiffed minions are mobilizing to prevent the Hillsborough County Commission from simply researching the possibility of extending health benefits to the domestic partners of county employees. According to a web alert from Caton's organization, to do so would be an unacceptable furtherance of the "homosexual agenda." (Never mind the fact that an overwhelming majority of the persons who would benefit from such an extension would be unmarried heterosexuals.)