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Many LGBT Candidates Won With Barack Obama

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Yesterday, we could attend the victory of Barack Obama who was reelected president of the United States but he is not the only who won.

After an evening full of suspense (in spite of smiles of Obama's advisors which meant Obama was about to win), Obama won thanks to Ohio and especially thanks to Florida 303-206.

Last year, he became the first president to include in his speech the LGBT community.

Yesterday, he also did it: "America, I believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you're willing to try."

Full transcript of his speech here: Obama's victory speech

But yesterday, Obama was not the only one to win. Many victories happened for our community.

US election 2012 map

 

Marriage equality ballots:

After months following the campaigns in the states where the law on marriage equality was to be the object of a referendum, I'm glad to announce that we won everywhere!!!

In Washington, the law was approved ahead with 52% of the votes as The Seattle Times reports.

Maryland with 57.8% of favorable votes also approved the law.

In Maine, the voters said "Yes" to marriage equality with 54%.

Finally, the amendment banning marriage equality in the constitution of Minnesota was rejected. 51% of voters supported marriage for all.

 

And the list of victories continue:

Tammy Baldwin became the first lesbian senator. After her victory, she tweeted: "I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference."

In New York, Sean Patrick Maloney became the first openly gay candidate elected in Congress.

Mind you, Mark Grisanti, one of the 4 Republicans who voted for marriage equality in New York, was reelected. Too bad for anti-gay organizations which wanted his defeat.

In Hawaii, a fervent supporter beat a fervent opponent of LGBTQ rights. Mazie Hirono won her seat in the Senate.

Brian Sims was elected to Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives and became the state’s first openly gay legislator but Christopher Dietz and Kelly McEntee lost the race.

Jared Polis was reelected in the U.S. House of Representatives in Colorado.

David Cicilline won in Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district.

Mark Pocan won in Wisconsin's second congressional district.

The openly bisexual candidate Kyrsten Sinema won election to the house of representatives in Arizona.

Mark Takano becomes the first openly LGBT person of color in Congress. He won in the 41st congressional district of California.

Simone Bell won her district with 87% of the vote and became a Georgia House of Representatives.

In the Colorado's 31st district, there were two gay candidates and this is Democrat Pat Steadman who has been reelected State Senator.

Joshua Boschee won and became North Dakota's first openly gay member of the state legislature.

Kate Brown will continue to be the Oregon Secretary of State.

Tim Brown became the only openly LGBT Republican state lawmaker in the United States as he won in Ohio.

Stephen Skinner becomes the first openly LGBT state lawmaker in West Virginia.

Justin Chenette won in Maine and he is now the youngest openly gay state legislator in the country. He's 21.

 

Some defeats:

Andy Staton was defeated in the Delaware Senate's race and Marie Mayor in the Delaware House's race.

Gay Republican Richard Tiesi lost in Massachusetts' sixth congressional district.

Republican Carl DeMaio won't be the new San Diego's mayor.

Out lesbian Susan Wilson was defeated in the North Carolina State House's race.

James F. Haning II (see our interview: Lezbelib's Interview : James F. Haning II, Candidate For The U.S. House Of Representatives) didn't win the Democratic primary and voters elected the Republican candidate.

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