2012 – A Year of Progress
Well, it’s New Year’s Eve in most of the United States right now (Hawaii has some time yet to join the party) and it’s that time of the year where everybody gets contemplative. This calendar year has been a big one in many ways, not the least of which personally. After all, one year ago this little corner of the internet I call AbSINthe Passion was only a flickering glimmer of a dream in the recesses of my mind, and now here we all are together, SINful friends, looking back on the year that was. It’s been a fun ride so far, hasn’t it? We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve gotten aroused to the point of no return, and we’ve grown through it all. Thankfully, it seems the country (for those of us in the United States) as a whole decided to grow with us.
Of course, the biggest story of the year in the USA was the Presidential Election. I labored hard in this space to bring forth the issues of equality and progress as they pertained to the election process, and I was incredibly proud of the results not only when President Obama was re-elected but also when four U.S. States voted in favor of equal marriage rights. I believe I cried more over the progress shown by those four states than I did when the election was called for President Obama. The fact that this much advancement has been made a mere 4 years after Florida Amendment 2 and California Proposition 8 is extraordinary, and gives me hope for a more accepting humanity in the future.
The year 2012 also so a prominent sports figure come to the public defense of Equal Marriage in not one but two scathing public letters that completely demolish the arguments presented by people who should be, by virtue of their respective positions, rather intelligent people. Prior to that, however, way back in the early days of Summer, retail chain JC Penney first signed Ellen DeGeneres on as a spokeperson — which deeply upset the conservative group One Million Moms — and then upped the ante by featuring a Father’s Day ad showing family with two dads (an actual gay couple, gasp shock!) playing with their kids. If that’s not an awesome way to ignore dissenters and protest groups, I don’t know what is.
Last, but certainly not least, 2012 was a big year for Mrs. AP and me. When I started this blog we were sharing a house with her soon-to-be ex-husband and our roommate. That changes a few months later when we moved into a place of our own, separate and removed from other adult entanglements and free to grow our relationship as we see fit. At times the relocation into a significantly smaller place has been challenging and frustrating, but we stick together and will get through it smashingly. We always do.
Thank you Mrs. AP for supporting me on this journey, and thank you SINful friends for joining me along the path.
Stay SINful, friends.