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5 Awesome Gay Rights Moments of 2012 & 5 Things We Want in 2013

5 Awesome Gay Rights Moments of 2012 & 5 Things We Want in 2013
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No one can deny that 2012 was simply an awesome year for gay rights in the USA, but now LGBT rights advocates are looking to 2013 to deliver even more.

Below are five things that we saw happen in 2012 that we’re so grateful for, and also five things America still has to do to in 2013 to continue to progress to full equality.

1) Gay Marriage is Victorious at the Ballot — Election Day 2012 broke the 30 plus curse of gay marriage ballot defeats with marriage equality being legalized at the ballot in Maine, Maryland and Washington. All of the ballot questions were slightly different but they all show stunning victories that, just a few years ago, would have been unthinkable.

2) Minnesota Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Ban — While technically not the first time this has happened, Minnesota’s rejection of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was a decisive statement that the state would not tolerate the lies told by anti-gay forces. The campaign also seems to have served as a strong driving force for an effort to overturn the state level ban.

3) President Obama Supports Gay Marriage — In May, President Obama affirmed, in a first for any sitting POTUS, that he supports same-sex marriage. In an interview with ABC news’ Robin Roberts he said that “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

4) Tammy Baldwin Becomes America’s First Out Gay Senator – Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin made history on Election Night when she was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first openly lesbian, and first openly LGBT, member of the upper chamber. Said Baldwin in a statement, “I didn’t run to make history.  I ran to make a difference — a difference in the lives of families struggling to find work and pay the bills, a difference in the lives of students worried about debt and seniors worried about their retirement security, a difference in the lives of veterans who fought for us and need someone fighting for them and their families when they return home from war, a difference in the lives of entrepreneurs trying to build a business and working people trying to build some economic security.”

5) San Francisco Votes to Offer Subsidized Gender Reassignment Care – San Francisco’s Health Commission voted unanimously in November to extend its existing health care program to cover the cost of gender realignment surgery. Currently, while hormone treatment, counseling and routine health care for trans people is covered by the city’s program, surgical intervention is not subsidized. This change doesn’t immediately cover trans related healthcare but starts the long process toward coverage for surgical intervention, a first for any U.S. city.

Read on for what America needs to do next >>

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12:42PM PST on Jan 15, 2013


9:18AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Thanks for posting!!

5:45PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Martha, if you are so against gay marriage, why are you even on this page, you don't need to be here.

11:51AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you.

11:51AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you.

8:11AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Some wonderful steps forward. Let's continue to fight for LGBT rights!

6:55PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

I hope this coming year brings even more social progress. There is no reason, that in 2013, we have to stil fight for equal rights and respect.

Martha, everyone who feels the need to start a statement with something along the lines of, "i am not a bigot BUT..." or "I have no problem with...", esp if the phase "those/them/such people" is used, are completely hateful bigots. You are a bigot, plain and simple. With your whining, good thing you aren't gay and forced to live in a "hetereosexual" world. Here's a fun example, the other day I was at the DMV, and a hetereosexual couple felt the need to kiss while sitting right next to me. If they were same-sexed, all hell would break loose or people would give dirty looks. Get over yourself, no one is trying to take over, except for maybe assholes, we are tired of being second class citizens and standing up for equal rights.

12:03PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

This, along with marriage equality in the UK.

10:51AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Noted- thank you- Happy New Year

10:31AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

UK is allowing same Sex Marriages in many religions now. A step forward?

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