Gay Rights Win Big in 2012

Last Tuesday was probably the greatest day in American history thus far regarding gay rights.  For the first time, voters approved marriage equality.  Not once, not twice, but three times.  Voters stood up for equality in Maine, Maryland and Washington.  Also, in Minnesota, where an anti-gay measure was on the ballot to approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman, voters again stood on the side of equality and rejected it.

But marriage equality wasn’t the only winner.  Many gay and lesbians were voted into pubic office as well.  Nationally, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin was voted in as the first LGBT Senator of the United States.  Five other legislators will be heading to congress including Mark Takano (CA), Sean Maloney (NY), David Cicilline (RI), Marc Pocan (WI), Jared Polis, (CO).  Krysten Sinema from Arizona’s racing is still pending.

Several state legislatures gained LGBT lawmakers this year including North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, New Mexico, Texas and Pennsylvania. Florida added two LGBT members.  Many local races were also won by LGBT candidates.

According to the Victory Fund, 121 of the 180 races they endorsed won.  I feel like we have the momentum now.  I know we’ll continue to have bumps in the road, and equality is far from assured, but we are getting closer and stronger by the minute.  A good indication is how much the anti day bigots are wringing their hands and predicting the fall of the country…. more on that later.



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