When President Obama announced his support for marriage equality last May a lot of those pundits sounded the death knell for his re-election. They worried his pro-equality proclamation would hurt him with voters in the conservative South, and with minority voters.
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign:
“While some pundits predicted the president’s support for marriage equality would hinder his campaign, we know the opposite is true. His reelection after expressing support for marriage equality is further proof that the momentum is on the side of marriage for all families."
Let's look at the Equality Landslide that occurred yesterday, thanks to the good folks at The Advocate:
|Tammy Baldwin—who in 1998 became the first woman in Wisconsin’s history to be elected to the US House of Representatives and the first openly gay nonincumbent elected to Congress in US history—is now the first openly gay Senator in history!|
|Openly gay Democrat, David Cicilline, won reelection in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District. He became the nation’s fourth openly LGBT member of Congress when he was elected two years ago.|
|Sean Patrick Maloney, another openly gay Democrat, defeated Congresswoman Nan Hayworth to become the first openly person elected to represent New York in Congress.|
|Simone Bell, the first African-American lesbian to serve in any state legislature, was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives with 87% of the vote.|
|Joshua Boschee was chosen to be North Dakota's first openly gay member of the state legislature. Boschee ran against two Republican incumbents, Blair Thoreson and Don Clark, as well as three other challengers to win 26.13% of the vote.|