With the 2012 elections now over, it is time to rejoice in the victories. President Obama will serve 4 more years. That is good news for the LGBT community. At least we don’t have to worry about an anti-marriage amendment for the next 4 years.
Maine and Maryland were victorious in ballot measures legalizing same-sex marriage in those states. Minnesota’s voters struck down a proposed amendment that would limit marriage to one man and one woman. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on those causes. Three very solid victories! It appears that Washington voters are also in the process of approving a referendum to allow same-sex marriage in that state (results won’t be final until some time today).
Openly gay legislators were elected last night, making for a more diverse and representative governing body. Tammy Baldwin will be the first openly gay U.S. Senator! What a strong victory for the LGBT community! Can you tell I’m thrilled?
While preparing for the next election, it is your duty to educate as many people as you can about the issues faced by the LGBT community and why equality matters. It’s not too early to start. In fact, the earlier you start, the more you will prevail. So don’t waste a moment. Have every conversation you can possibly have with as many people as you can. Arm yourself with solid information. Give them copies of fact sheets and articles that discuss the LGBT issues of inequality and make them understand that when they vote, these important issues must be considered as well.
Congratulations to the entire LGBT community. 2012 will go down in history as being a year of victories!
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