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

Sunday, December 30, 2012
LGBT newcomers, clockwise from top left: Sean Patrick Maloney, Mark Pocan, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Takano.
“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.

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Donors supporting marriage equality in 2012 dwarfed those who opposed It

Thursday, December 13, 2012
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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.

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

Monday, November 26, 2012
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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...

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Gay man chosen to lead Washington state Senate

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ed Murray
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.

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

Monday, November 12, 2012
Kyrsten Sinema
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.

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Harnessing momentum from a historic election

Friday, November 9, 2012
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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...

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Philly attorney becomes Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state legislator

Friday, November 9, 2012
Brian Sims
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.

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

Friday, November 9, 2012
Tina Kotek
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.

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So Proud: Thoughts after Midnight

Friday, November 9, 2012
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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.

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

Friday, November 9, 2012
Stacie Laughton
A New Hampshire Democrat on Tuesday became the first openly transgender person elected to statewide office in the country.

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