One of the most interesting results of this past Tuesday’s elections is the victory in the 13th district of Virginia’s House of Delegates by Danica Roem. Roem is the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated in a state legislature. Roem defeated Robert G. Marshall, a 13-term incumbent who proudly called himself the state’s “chief homophobe.” Marshall, a well-known culture warrior, tried to make Roem’s gender the issue, with tactics like calling her “him.” Roem, on the other hand, focused on policy like infrastructure, specifically the traffic on Route 28. Roem’s election raises an interesting question: Is her election a positive step forward for the United States?
Those who see her victory as a positive step forward feel that her victory is a big step towards equality in this country. Her victory gives hope to transgender teens across this country that, not only can be accepted, but thrive in this country. People are proud of Virginia for voting for a person’s stance on the issues, not their gender. Finally, they see Danica Roem’s election as a repudiation of President Trump and his stance on transgender people serving in the military.
People who do not see Danica Roem’s election as a step forward for the country are angry at her election. They feel that her election is a sign that Virginia is turning its back on Christianity. Some people see this as a step towards Virginia destroying itself. Also, they find it a real shame that a culture warrior like Robert G. Marshall was defeated by her. Finally, there are those out there that see her election as another example that America is losing its moral center.
Danica Roem being interviewed by phone by MSNBC after her win on election day:
Is Danica Roem’s election a positive step forward for the United States? Does her election give hope to transgender people across the country? Conversely, is America losing its moral center, or, as some believe, turning its back on Christianity?
Danica Roem’s election is a good thing
Those that see Roem’s election as a positive step forward say that her election is proof that transgender people have a place in the United States. They also say that, when someone is elected on the issues, and not on their gender, that is a really good thing.
"For trans youth across the country, Danica Roem's election isn't just a headline or even history. It's hope." https://t.co/mAd1LvlBIb
— 古沙草月 (@hs93330) November 8, 2017
— Sophie Claudet (@SophieClaudet) November 8, 2017
Danica Roem has won and is the first openly transgender person elected to any state legislature.
I am tremendously proud the people of Virginia.
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) November 8, 2017
Bigot incumbent ousted by rock star Danica Roem, who has made history. She'll become the only trans legislator in America. So proud of her big win tonight. #LGBTQ #VirginiaElection @pwcdanica https://t.co/R2Ps3Ohb4F
— Byron Macfarlane (@ByronMacfarlane) November 8, 2017
Danica Roem’s election is a bad thing
People who don’t think her election is a good step forward say that her election is a shame. They feel that Virginia and the country, for that matter, is turning its back on God.
The left celebrates the election of Transgender Danica Roem defeating a traditional Christian candidate who tried to pass a law to protect children from crossdressing men in public toilets. #VirginiaElection #maga #HuffPo God save the USA. pic.twitter.com/CVpKoij3TT
— Mutha Jones Resistance (@MuthaJonez) November 8, 2017
Just proves Virginia has turned it's back on God.
— Knights Templar 1960 (@Trump_Knight77) November 8, 2017
We are seeing America being destroyed. Sad day for Virginia.
— Unite America First (@UniteAmerica1st) November 8, 2017
Do you think Danica Roem’s election is a positive step forward for the country?