Decision 2012

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LGBT newcomers, clockwise from top left: Sean Patrick Maloney, Mark Pocan, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Takano.

Year in Review: Record number of LGBT victories in state, national elections

Sunday, December 30, 2012
“When the history books are written, 2012 will be remembered as the year when LGBT Americans won decisively at the ballot box,” said HRC President Chad Griffin, in a statement issued on the morning of Nov. 7. [ Read more → ]

Donors supporting marriage equality in 2012 dwarfed those who opposed It

Thursday, December 13, 2012
The number of contributors who gave in support of marriage for gay and lesbian couples was thirteen times greater – about 133,000 compared to an estimated 10,500 - than those giving financial resources to oppose marriage equality, according to an analysis by the Human Rights Campaign of donors to the four states with marriage equality on the ballot this year. [ Read more → ]

Post-election analysis: What’s next for the LGBT community

Monday, November 26, 2012
Without a doubt, election night was a landslide victory for equality. Watching the historic results roll in on issues and candidates that matter to the progress of civil rights for LGBT people was truly a snapshot of just how much, and how quickly, this country has changed on social issues... [ Read more → ]
Ed Murray

Gay man chosen to lead Washington state Senate

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) will become just the second openly LGBT person to lead a state senate chamber after his Democratic colleagues on Tuesday night chose him as majority leader of the Washington State Senate. [ Read more → ]
Kyrsten Sinema

LGBT candidate Sinema declared winner in Arizona U.S. House race

Monday, November 12, 2012
PHOENIX -- Democrat Kyrsten Sinema on Monday was declared the winner in the election to represent Arizona's Ninth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. [ Read more → ]

Harnessing momentum from a historic election

Friday, November 9, 2012
Without a doubt, election night was a landslide victory for equality. Watching the historic results roll in on issues and candidates that matter to the progress of civil rights for LGBT people was truly a snapshot of just how much, and how quickly, this country has changed on social issues. ... Election night also saw the end of a long pattern of losses for state-level marriage equality at the ballot box... [ Read more → ]
Brian Sims

Philly attorney becomes Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state legislator

Friday, November 9, 2012
HARRISBURG, PA -- Philadelphia policy attorney and civil rights advocate Brian Sims was elected Tuesday to represent Pennsylvania's 182nd District, and becomes the state's first openly gay state legislator. [ Read more → ]
Tina Kotek

Democrats’ victory in Oregon House clears path for openly lesbian Speaker

Friday, November 9, 2012
SALEM, Ore. -- After fiercely contested races around the state, Democrats are poised to take over Oregon’s House of Representatives with a 34-26 majority, clearing the path for the ascension of openly lesbian House Democratic Leader Tina Kotek to the Speaker's chair. [ Read more → ]

So Proud: Thoughts after Midnight

Friday, November 9, 2012
In this environment, having a president who advocates gay rights, as Obama has done, provides a foundation of moral and political support that cannot be underestimated. We need the law to do the right thing and make civil rights for the LGBT community both unquestionable and unchallengeable but we also need a leader while in the trenches. It is inspiring. If President Obama hadn’t been reelected on Tuesday I shiver to think what the world would feel like today. [ Read more → ]
Stacie Laughton

N.H. voters elect country’s first out transgender statewide candidate

Friday, November 9, 2012
A New Hampshire Democrat on Tuesday became the first openly transgender person elected to statewide office in the country. [ Read more → ]
Mark Ferrandino

First openly LGBT person to hold speaker’s gavel in Colorado House

Thursday, November 8, 2012
DENVER -- State Rep. Mark Ferrandino, an openly gay Democrat from Denver, was nominated to be the incoming Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives by his fellow state legislators on Thursday. [ Read more → ]

Autopsy on an election: Ten things we learned in 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012
The culture war is over. For real. GOP strategist Karl Rove needs to tear that chapter from his playbook and burn it in the nearest fireplace. The tired old tactics of the Far Right to demonize LGBT Americans and minorities no longer work. Just look at the ballot box on Nov. 6 for proof... [ Read more → ]
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Hate Watch: For the radical right, Obama victory brings fury and fear

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Hate groups in recent years have risen to more than 1,000, and the number of anti-government “Patriot” groups has shot up from just 149 in 2008 to 1,274, according to research by the Southern Poverty Law Center. For months now, groups on the radical right have increasingly fretted about a possible Obama victory. Now that that has occurred, the radical right may grow more dangerous still... [ Read more → ]
Joshua Boschee

North Dakota voters elect first openly gay state legislator

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
FARGO, N.D. -- In a historic first for the Peace Garden State, voters have elected the first openly gay state representative to the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. [ Read more → ]
Mark Takano

Openly gay Asian American first LGBT person of color in U.S. Congress

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Openly gay Democrat Mark Takano beat his Republican opponent John Tavaglione by a double-digit margin in the race for California's U.S. House District 41, and will become the first LGBT person of color in the U.S. Congress. [ Read more → ]
Andy Staton and Marie Mayor

Gay Delaware candidates lose bids for state legislature

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Gay Democrats Andy Staton and Marie Mayor lost their bids to become the first openly gay candidates elected to the Delaware Legislature on Tuesday in districts where large numbers of LGBT people live. [ Read more → ]

President Obama and a little victory dance for the LGBT community…

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
We did this. You and I and millions of other Americans – Gay, straight, religious, atheists, black, white, Latino, men, women; all of us together – we did this. We understood what was at stake, we went to the polls, and we made our stand for justice, equality and freedom for every American. I’m proud of every single one of us who simply refused to allow hatred, ignorance and discrimination to rule the day... [ Read more → ]
Carl DeMaio

Gay Republican Carl DeMaio concedes in San Diego mayoral race

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Bob Filner won election as mayor of San Diego early today, defeating Carl DeMaio, whose election would have made history as the first gay Republican to take the reins of one of America’s largest cities, [ Read more → ]

Washington state makes it a sweep as voters approve same-sex marriage law

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
In a sweep of election night victories for marriage equality, voters in Washington state approved Referendum 74, affirming the state's same-sex marriage law, and granting gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry. [ Read more → ]
Janice Daniels

Troy, Mich., ousts homophobic mayor Janice Daniels in recall election

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
TROY, Mich. -- Janice Daniels, the homophobic mayor of Troy, Mich., who has previously called homosexuality "a mental disease," was ousted from office Tuesday in a recall election. [ Read more → ]
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown

National Organization for Marriage reacts: ‘We are not defeated’

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage reacted Wednesday to its stunning loss in four states where marriage equality initiatives were on the ballot. [ Read more → ]

HRC: Landslide victory for LGBT equality up and down the ballot

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, reacted to the overwhelming electoral victories for LGBT people, calling it a milestone year with a clear mandate for equality moving forward. [ Read more → ]

Marriage votes mark ‘watershed’ moment for LGBT equality

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Even the most jaded political pundits were stunned by the four stunning victories for marriage equality on the ballot Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Richard Tisei

Openly gay Republican defeated in Massachusetts U.S. House race

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
SALEM, Mass. -- The contest for the 6th Congressional District race ended with veteran Democratic U.S. Congressman John Tierney defeating openly gay Republican challenger Richard Tisei. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota voters reject proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage in Minnesota as between one man and one woman, has been defeated. [ Read more → ]
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