engagement ringYou already know that Tuesday night was a HUGE night for America. And while there are some who are disappointed with the results of the election, there are just as many or more whose lives have been changed forever in an incredible way by major ballot initiatives that passed in a handful of states and by President Obama's re-election. Like Rowan Ha and her longtime girlfriend, Keesha Patterson.

The couple was lucky enough to be present at the president’s victory party in Chicago, surrounded by thousands of people when the results came in that Maryland voters had passed same-sex marriage legislation. And that's when Keesha dropped to one knee and asked Rowan to marry her!

Of the moment, Keesha told The Daily News:

I took a huge breath, went down on one knee and reached into my bag. She just said, "No you’re not. No you’re not."

But she was! And of course Rowan, her S.O. of 11 years, said "YES!" It was a magical amazing moment not just for the couple ... and not just for Maryland (where they live and will be able to get married as of January 1), but for the whole country. Because what happened here between this blissfully in love couple show just how immediate and momentous the change we're seeing in this country truly is.

Republicans LOVE to accuse Obama and the left of being all talk, no action, but seeing more and more people finally be able to marry the person they love is nothing short of apparent action -- not to mention real progress. Maryland's new law -- and by extension, Rowan and Keesha's engagement -- is just one example of how Obama's leadership and moves on gay/human rights have made for a fantastic snowball effect, ensuring more civil rights on the state and national level.

We're really are moving forward. But there's still more work to be done. As Keesha clarified, "It's not gay marriage; it's marriage. Hopefully, one day it's just marriage." With the leadership and direction we seem to be moving in after this election, I really believe we will get to that "one day" sooner rather than later.

How awesome is this proposal? Do you feel like we're moving in the right direction on civil rights?


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