I just got back from a No on 8 election night party at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, where the mood was guarded but not glum.
Although the race is too close to call, Yes on 8 leads by about four percentage points, meaning that if it passes marriage will once again be restricted to a man and a woman.
“I don’t care what happens tonight, we will not be defeated. We will not be deterred. We will keep up our fight,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a key supporter of gay marriage, told the crowd.
On the jumbo screen behind him was news coverage of the Yes on 8 party in Irvine, which appeared to be empyting out for the evening.
After Villaraigosa spoke, the room chanted “Yes, We Can,” “Yes, We Can.” Lorri Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, told the room, “I think we can win this thing. I want to win this thing. But win or lose we are not going away.”
This was a historic day, but also surreal. As i left the poll this morning, I couldn’t help but think that all of those waiting in line were, in a way, voting on my marriage.