Wednesday, November 07, 2012

2012 election was a gamechanger in gay history

Last night's election was such a gamechanger when it comes to lgbt equality in so many different ways. First of all, let's repeat the main victory:

Marriage equality is now law in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State. Meanwhile, Minnesota turned aside a ballot initiative which would have put a banning of marriage equality in the state constitution.

Naturally the National Organization for Marriage, which wasted over $5 million in these efforts are very disappointed. The organization issued an official statement of disappointment, but for my money, I rather enjoy the statement that its founder Maggie Gallagher made:

The Obama electorate defeated marriage. I’m guessing we lose at least three of tonight’s four races, and maybe four of the four. We were outspent eight-to-one — and no one was willing to speak for marriage, while the whole Democratic establishment and Hollywood campaigned for marriage. Last night really is a big loss, no way to spin it.

Oh Mags. I have one way to spin it. The people have spoken and you lost. Hard. And after so many losses which you threw up in our faces, these victories feel might good.

Now while our victories in marriage equality were awesome reason for celebration, they should be not the only reasons why the lgbt community should be in a party mood.

According to the Huffington Post:

Tammy Baldwin's groundbreaking Election Night victory has already been praised by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates, who said the Wisconsin Democrat's success in becoming the first openly gay person ever elected to the Senate in America's history was evidence that "candidates should be judged on their qualifications for the job and not their sexual orientation." In addition to Baldwin, 2012 proved triumphant for a number of other LGBT politicians. New York Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and became his state's first openly gay member of Congress. Baldwin's vacated seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District was succeeded by Democrat Mark Pocan, making it the first time and openly LGBT member of Congress was succeeded by another in the same district.While it's too soon to tell for sure, California's Mark Takano looks poised to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in his state's 41st  Congr essional District and become the first openly gay member of Congress who’s also a person of color, the Washington Blade reports.

Not only did the lgbt community finally shut NOM's mouth (at least for now) by handing the organization a HUGE defeat, we did rather well when it comes to representation in the Senate and House of Representatives.

And NOM is not the only organization upset over last night's "shellacking." The Family Research Council held the following video bitchfest:

Bring it on guys. 

Bookmark and Share


Lindoro Almaviva said...

We also need to add that in Troy Michigan, anti-gay mayor, who said that gays were sick and refused to apologize, and then said that her anti-gay views made people move TO her city was recalled. She is now out of a job and hopefully with Trump in the same train headed to irrelevancy.

Mykelb said...

I no longer listen to the spokesbigots from SPLC certified hate groups. Their bile is always more of the same religious bullshit they have been spewing since the dark ages.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Iowa. Iowa state Senator Gronstal held his seat keeping a D majority in the IA senate. Rick Santorum made several trips to IA to campaign for Gronstals R challenger. Plus NOM was heavily engaged in trying to oust Justice Wiggins for his role in bringing marriage equality to IA. Wiggins won retention. So 2 additional huge blows to NOM!

Brahm Kornbluth said...

BRing It On indeed... happy happy day!!!!

John B. said...

And NY Republican state senator Mark Grisanti--targeted by NOM for supporting same-sex marriage--was easily re-elected despite the best efforts by NOM to unseat him both in the primary and in the general election.

Although they may have helped weaken a second Republican senator (Saland) enough to lose, in doing so a pro-marriage equality Democrat was elected in his place, returning control of the NY state senate to the Democrats.

Nose, spite, face.

Anonymous said...

From the first post you linked to:

"Your comment is awaiting moderation." (And yet people who posted after I did got the comments approved.)

I wrote: "Jeff said, "Oh by the way - 32 states have banned your sick & perverted lifestyle."

Really? I haven't heard of any state "banning" homosexual sex or homosexuality itself. In fact, I don't think it's possible to "ban" homosexuality.

Seriously, I would have voted in favor of ssm. Several years ago I would not have. But then I got to really know some gay people and realized that aside from the same-sex attraction, they're no different from me or any other heterosexual. They work, they have families, they pay taxes, etc. The gay people I know would kill to protect a child from abuse. I'm no psychologist, but I do know there is a huge difference between a person with an attraction to a child of the same sex (pedophilia) and a person with an attraction to an adult of the same sex. Anyone who believes otherwise is either misinformed or just obtuse.

People should be allowed to marry the ONE CONSENTING, UNRELATED, HUMAN ADULT that they love, regardless of whether the two people in question are man/woman, man/man, or woman/woman. And since I'm talking civil marriage, it shouldn't matter if the two people are married before God or not (and I'm a Christian). Atheists get married all the time. Why not gays?"

What's so bad about what I wrote?