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5 Important LGBT Election Day Victories

5 Important LGBT Election Day Victories
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While the battle over marriage equality has earned a lot of attention, Tuesday night was also an historic night for LGBT political candidates and those who support LGBT rights.

Over the next few pages you will find five of those victories and details on why they are so important.

 

1) Tammy Baldwin Becomes the First Out LGBT Senator

Tammy Baldwin Senator

Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin made history on Tuesday night when she was elected to the US Senate, becoming the first openly lesbian, and first openly LGBT, member of the upper chamber.

Despite opponents attempting to smear her as a “radical lesbian” and her Republican rival Tommy Thompson aping his favorite talking point, “Tammy Baldwin is so liberal that even Nancy Pelosi has to turn left to talk to her,” Baldwin managed to secure a narrow victory over her rival.

Baldwin campaigned heavily on fiscal responsibility, job creation and health care. During her time as a Representative she has backed the Buffet rule and, among a number of other initiatives, called for higher tariffs on Chinese imports so as to promote American manufacturing. She also campaigned heavily for the Affordable Care Act and also supported improvements to veteran healthcare.

Baldwin has also championed LGBT rights legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act and the DADT repeal.

Bladwin did acknowledge in her acceptance speech the wider election victory for women and the LGBT community that her becoming a US Senator represents, but she pledged that she would be a senator for everyone:

Now, I’m well aware that I will have the honor to be the first woman Senator from Wisconsin.  And I’m well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the United States Senate.

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 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.

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Here’s the promise I want to make to you: I will be a Senator for all of Wisconsin.

 

You can read Tammy Baldwin’s full remarks here.

 

Image credit: ljlphotography.

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12:04PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:29PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thank you!

1:25PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

ooooh

2:24AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

good stuff, thanks!

8:34AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

this is great news, hopefully we will all only progress in our thinking and acceptance of life,love and learning

11:12AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Interesting.

9:25AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Congratulations and God bless from Canada for all of you that would appreciate that, what wonderful results, and hopefully more peace and justice even to come. Just a reminder that there are Christians and those of other religions who marry equally in Canada and all the states in the US where we are permitted to, that not everyone's theology agrees that God only approves some people's love as right and good; many religions see normal variations in orientation as part of God's tapestry of creation. In the US, I know of the United Church of Christ and the ELCA. LGBTQ people in our communities deserve all the rights and priviliges that any of us have, and shouldn't be having a struggle, but of course, they are, all the time.

7:39AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Oh, Wow, I thought this article was going to be about the Marriage Equality laws - I didn't realize that so MANY Gay Legislators were elected! I only knew about Tammy Baldwin! Thank you for this article!!! All this, AND the Marriage Equality laws!!!

Shows that ALL THE MONEY SPENT BY THE RIGHT WING - WENT FOR NOTHING.
And, you should know that THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SPENT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ITS PARISHIONERS' MONEY - sometimes perhaps their Parishioners weren't aware of it! - the Catholic Church spent MILLIONS to defeat Marriage Equality in four States!!! Just THINK if the Catholic Church had spent even a portion of that on RELIEF FOR SANDY.....

It has also been said, that President Obama being elected for a SECOND term, is even more significant than his being elected for ONE term; it isn't just a "fluke"or an "anomaly" that a Person of Color can now be accepted as President of the United States.... and a real supporter of LGBT Rights can also be elected... which never happened before!!!

8:53PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Great steps forward and hopes for many more positive steps in the future.

3:27PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

And the 4 state that made strong statements on marriage equality.

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