Historic Election Night for LGBT Americans


The first sitting President to endorse marriage equality was re-elected, despite claims from some pundits that his support for the LGBT community would hurt him at the polls.

Tammy Baldwin will be the first out United States Senator.

Marriage equality was affirmed at the ballot box for the first time in our nation's history in Maine and Maryland, and it appears as though Washington will soon be joining them.

An attempt at constitutionally banning marriage equality was rejected by voters in Minnesota.

If current results hold up, Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema will become the first out-Bisexual federal lawmaker in American history.

Out Representatives Jared Polis and David Cicilline were re-elected, and they will be joined in Congress by New York Representative-Elect Sean Patrick Maloney and Wisconsin Representative-Elect Marc Pocan, and possibly both Sinema and California schoolteacher Mark Takano, growing the ranks of LGBT Representatives to six.

Takano, an Asian American, would also become the first LGBT person of color to ever serve in Congress.

The last remaining Iowa judge who supported marriage equality in 2009 was re-elected.

New Hampshire elected a Governor who has pledged to veto any attempt at repealing marriage equality.

West Virginia elected Stephen Skinner, its first ever out state lawmaker, and North Dakota (Joshua Boschee) may have as well.  UPDATE: Boschee has been declared the winner by just 38 votes.

New York Republican state Senator Mark Grisanti won re-election despite a NOM-led campaign against him for supporting marriage equality last year.

San Diego might become the first major American city with a gay Republican as its mayor.

A pretty good day at the polls for supporters of the LGBT community, I'd say.