Over the coming days and weeks, pundits will be exploring what the 2012 election meant. One thing that is certain, the election demonstrated the days of LGBT people being invisible, or worse, a wedge issue, are over.
GLAAD is thrilled with this election's tremendous wins for LGBT Americans. President Barack Obama won re-election after becoming the first acting president to voice support for marriage equality. Voters in Maine and Maryland affirmed marriage for gay and lesbian couples. This is the first time that voters in any state voted in favor of marriage equality. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin also became the first out gay U.S. Senator.
It would not be an understatement to say that the future of LGBT equality depends on the outcome of this election. From our nationally elected officials, to the local library board, to the state and municipal referenda, this election is important.