What the Gay just Happened?

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Rainbow Flag (Photo credit: Datchler)

I’ve seen/heard snippets of information about all the equal rights successes that happened on Tuesday, but hadn’t the time to find a comprehensive list of just what did actually happen. So here are the victories I discovered via the LA Weekly blog and On Top Magazine:

  • In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay person to be elected to the U.S. Senate, and openly gay small business owner Mark Pocan will fill Baldwin’s vacated seat in Congress.
  • In California, Mark Takano (a teacher!) became the first openly gay Asian-American in Congress.
  • In Rhode Island, openly gay congressman David Cicilline was reelected, as was Jared Polis of Colorado.
  • In New York, Sean Patrick Maloney became that state’s first openly gay person elected to Congress.
  • In Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema could become the first openly bisexual woman elected to Congress when the results are finally tallied.
  • In Minnesota, voters defeated an anti-gay marriage measure.
  • In Maine, Maryland, and Washington state, for the first time in the history of the United States the voters — not judges or a legislature — legalized gay marriage. (And Rick Reed is getting married! :) )

I think I’m most impressed with the reelections as well as Maine and Maryland’s voters. Electing an LGBT person once is fantastic and all, but doing it again says, to me, that the work they’ve done matters more than their orientation. At least, that’s why I vote to reelect someone. Then with Maine and Maryland, it seems to me like they’re openly accepting since they did this themselves instead of being made to by some more official group or something. Some seem to think this is the result of President Obama declaring himself for gay marriage, so the people said they are too and then proved it. I swear I feel like sending thank you cards :)

In other gay news, Alec has accepted my invitation to become a contributor to this blog. His first post will be on Veteran’s Day and will cover all the organizations that he approves of or that helped him as a veteran at some point in his recovery. I would really like to see the links get clicked like crazy on that post, especially if that means you give donations.

And that is the gay that just happened ;)

37 thoughts on “What the Gay just Happened?

  1. Times are a changing!!!! Turning the tide on past defeats on gay marriage was awesome. I’m hoping for more wins in the future at the state level – maybe even at the supreme court.


    1. Susan

      Yay, Alec! So thrilled you will be around on Thorny’s site. You have been in my thoughts so much, you and Carter, and that new silver truck. At some point please let us know how things are going with the truck, and your training schedule. :)


  2. Cassey

    Hey boys, all this talk of marriage has me wondering what your wedding would like. Care to share what you think your wedding would be like?


  3. Its truly a wonderful thing to see so many people standing up for equality and people!. Do you ever check out the LGBT Nation site (http://www.lgbtqnation.com)? I was following that the other night parallel to the election wrap up… after Anne gave me the green light text that it was safe to go online again. ;)


    1. Apparently, I’m following LGBTNation.com all over the place except anywhere I’ll actually see and remember them :roll: I’ve added them to my blog reader list now so that should help. {bad bad gay}


  4. Alder

    All the good news, Yay!

    I’m looking forward to hearing from Alec again. His blog was very moving and his getting together with Carter was so great. ♡

    I hope he does a post about going out running with you! We want to hear how hard you are really training, Thorny :D


    1. Tame, Alec is Jazz’s little brother Carter’s boyfriend that we matchmaked like crazy starting with a St. Patrick’s Day sighting of Carter joining us here on the sparkly side ;)


  5. A big, big kudos to everything good that happened, hopefully sooner rather than later other States will get with it! Great post Thorny :D

    Yay Alec! We’ve missed you around here :D


  6. Thanks Thorny for that very gay update. It gives supporters of equality for all Americans hope. I’m not gay, but am a strong supporter of gay rights as my brother is gay. It sucks that he san’t get married. I find it interesting that many of the states that now have legalized gay marriage are on the easty coast. What about the left coast?

    Thorny, I value your posts and your insight into every little thing. Gay issue or not, you are very insightful for someone so not-aged. (Didn’t want to call you young, because you are only young in years honey, not in any other way).

    I am a little freaked out by the condoms must be worn in porn thing in LA. Anyone want to volunteer to be tan isnpector?


  7. Aw, c’mon, big T, and give Minnesota some props for defeating the marriage amendment. No other state has ever defeated its marriage amendment. The opposition had the full financial support of the Catholic church, organizers who systematically worked at getting ‘the right’ voter turn out, and promised religious authority and years of legal tradition to justify their decision. And STILL…we kicked their ass.


    1. OK, big E ;) I admit I’m a skimmer when it comes to news. I like bullet points, so I saw Minnesota and went “hooray” but didn’t dig deeper. {bows to to the kickass Minnesotans}


      1. The Minnesotans thank you, although we squeaked it out. You might like this picture of openly gay State Senator Scott Dibble hugging his husband after the news. Not legally married in Minnesota, of course…yet. But we have hopes. http://www.examiner.com/article/minnesota-becomes-first-state-to-defeat-anti-marriage-amendment?cid=rss

        And Washington was the safest predicted passage of gay marriage according to some pre-election polls, so extra kudos to them.


    2. I was almost shaking with excitement when I voted and black-circled NO for that misguided amendment. A HUGE step forward for MN. I can’t wait to help take it the rest of the way and see marriage equality triumph!


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