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.
A continued Obama presidency presumably means the administration will continue not to defend the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" in courts of law. Presumably it will mean continued progress towards granting binational same-sex couples more protections against deportations.And President Obama's victory tonight signals to a nation of public figures that it's now truly politically "safe" to support LGBT Americans.
The Victory Fund has announced and Fox News has projected that Wisconsin U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin tonight will become the first openly gay person ever elected to the Senate in America's history.
Just three years after voters in an off-year election vetoed a marriage equality law passed by elected officials, Maine voters today reversed course and their state joined fellow New England states Massachusetts, Connnecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire in recognizing full marriage equality.
For citizens who are casting votes today in four states – Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington – there is a chance that at least one of those contests will make history as it becomes the first in the nation where voters approve marriage equality at the ballot box and for the first time, minority voters may tip the balance in favor of marriage equality.
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.