Two good stories for a change, from my very own home state of Washington.
(courtesy Meryl Schencker Photography)
This is a picture of one of the hundreds of gay couples who applied for a marriage license starting at midnight last night, as the passage of gay marriage in Washington State in the election took effect.
Also, a few blocks away ...
this is part of a group of several hundred people smoking marijuana at Seattle Center last night, as the legal possession and use of marijuana also took effect last night at midnight. Technically, smoking in public is illegal (just like drinking in public) but a law passed in Seattle several years ago makes enforcement of marijuana laws the Seattle Police Departments lowest priority.
If you had asked me ten years ago if these two laws would pass, I'd probably guess that they would at some point but that I wouldn't live to see it. So that just goes to show that hope is not pointless, and sometimes things do get better.