View the story "LGBT community wins big on election night" on Storify] LGBT community wins big on election night Members of the LGBT community have made several massive strides in Maine, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maryland, and Washington on Tuesday.
Storified by Stephen Green · Thu, Nov 08 2012 18:08:50
Members of the LGBT community have made several massive strides in Maine, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington on Tuesday.
The most noticeable success was the re-election of President Barack Obama who has openly supported LGBT equality. Many call him America's "first gay president" for his support of the LGBT community.
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In recent months, Obama has taken several pro-LGBT steps including ceasing the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Three states have passed ballot referendums allowing same-sex marriages. LGBT citizens of Washington, Maine and Maryland will now be able to marry. The Michigan ballot contatined a referendum asking for the ban of same-sex marriage, which failed.
This is the first time a ballot initiative passed. Proposition 8 in California banned same-sex marriage in the last election.
Shoutout to Maryland for approving gay marriage.Coty Hampson
Washington State also approved gay marriage. They're just having a competition with California.InconsistantSobriety
Mitt Romney was very vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Another win came with the election of Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, who became the first openly gay Senator.
Congratulations USA! Tammy Baldwin becomes the first openly gay Senator in U.S. history, winning a seat in Wisconsin. Maine, Maryland, and Washington become the 7th, 8th, and 9th states to legalize same-sex marriage. Minnesota refuses to ban same-sexpeak2creek
Critics are already coming out against the measures.
So America has legalized abortion, gay marriage and marijuana. I'm sorry, is that something to be proud of?Alexa Han
Obama has skillfully groomed his moron voter base, Gay marriage, sodomy in the Military, Legal pot taking hold, amnesty for deadbeat aliens!Tom Francois
The end is here. They have legalised marijuana and gay marriageAbdulhakeem