To all those who voted. To all those who educated and inspired others to vote. And to all our friends abroad who supported our nation during this time. We can now say with immense PRIDE: We’ve done it.
Across America, we sat in anticipation as the future of our country was decided state by state. Voters met every challenge – from making their way to booths despite the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, to battling biases and bigotry in swing states to make a difference. And what a victorious future we have ahead, thanks to your efforts.
We have President Barack Obama in office for another four years.
Tammy Baldwin becomes the first openly gay Senator in U.S. history, winning a seat in Wisconsin.
Maine, Maryland, and Washington become the 7th, 8th, and 9th states to legalize same-sex marriage.
Minnesota refuses to ban same-sex marriage from the state’s constitution.
And so many more victories with elected gay and lesbian congress members, legislatures, and lawmakers across the country. Congratulations to every single LGBT candidate who ran this race. Every one of you has brought awareness and pride to the LGBT community.
This momentous moment in our history is because of every one of you who voted. Never let us forget the power we have as a community to define our situation, to change our circumstances, and to triumph in the face of adversity.
We are not a niche segment of society. We are not a special interest group. We are not a minority to be pacified.
We are Americans, and today, we are proud.
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