POST-ELECTION SPECIAL: It was a watershed election for the LGBT community: President Barack Obama is re-elected as a supporter of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, earning 77% of the vote from self-identified lesbians, gays and bisexuals. We will discuss what he will be able to do for us over the next term, even with a divided government. Three states—Maine, Maryland, and Washington—said yes to same-sex marriage through referenda and a third, Minnesota, became the first to reject a constitutional amendment banning it. Tmmy Baldwin of Wisconsin is the first out gay person elected to the United States Senate. And the Democrats retain the Senate, vanquishing such anti-gay Tea Party nuts as Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana. The new US House is still in Republican hands, but there will be at least five out gay members and its first out bisexual member if the results hold up. (Andy remonstrates on why the House is a Republican stronghold.) For information on LGBT candidates across the country, go to www.VictoryFund.org. Lots of pro-LGBT progressives are elected, including Elizabeth Warren as US Senator from Massachusetts and Tammy Duckworth (IL) and Alan Grayson (FL) in the House and some anti-gay extremists are vanquished, including Allen West (FL) and Joe Walsh (IL). (Note: Andy mistakenly thought Walsh was the one who shouted, “You lie!” at President Obama during his State of the Union address. That was Joe Wilson (SC). A Catholic priest in Maryland tells his parishioners that he dissents from his archbishop’s opposition to same-sex marriage—and he gets a standing ovation. In other news: A long-term study finds that teens with lesbian moms do better in school; Malawi suspends its anti-gay laws; France moves toward opening marriage to same-sex couples amidst some pushback from the Catholic Church; Spain’s marriage equality law is upheld by its Supreme Court.
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