No matter how you slice it, 2015 was a banner year for equality. Dare we call it a historical year? Oh, of course we do.
From tremendous victories (the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling to legalize same-sex marriage this summer, for starters) to crushing defeats (we’re looking at you, HERO rights ordinance), the last twelve months have been jam-packed with drama, and a particularly colorful cast of characters has dominated the national headlines, making our job rather easy. But here’s the burning question: Who among these heavy-hitters will get your vote as the Biggest Newsmaker of the Year?
The following list contains people you might expect (Barack Obama, Anthony Kennedy, Tim Cook); political mavericks you should definitely know about if you don’t already (Bisi Alimi, Jackie Biskupski) and even a certain Rowan County clerk that’s sure to raise your hackles and make you storm away from your Internet connection in disgust. So vote very carefully — or else Kim Davis just might succeed where she has otherwise failed. (Or give her your top prize. After all, her protest backfired, and gave a bad name to law-abiding conservatives everywhere.)
So who’s it gonna be? Be sure to cast your vote on the last page of this feature, and we’ll return with the final results in the coming weeks