Towleroad Talking Points: An Historic Night
PHOTO OF THE DAY: Four more years for the President!
BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at the top stories following an epic night
Woo! What a night last night was. Barack Obama has been re-elected in what was not nearly as close a race as some on the right believed it would be. It's eerie how close Nate Silver's projections were to the actual numbers. Obama was eloquent and stirring in his acceptance speech that came at nearly 2am on the East Coast. After what seemed to be initial stubbornness against his obvious defeat, Mitt Romney was short and to the point when he conceded. But boy was it sweet to hear!
It was not only a huge night for the President but it was a massively historic moment for LGBT rights. Marriage equality was successful at the ballot for the first time ever. Marriage equality passed in Washington state, Maine and Maryland. Also in Minnesota a measure intended to constitutionally ban gay marriage was defeated. All in all a complete landslide for equality, whatever Brian Brown may want his supporters to believe.
There were also some huge victories for LGBT and LGBT friendly candidates in Senate and House races. Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay U.S. Senator with her victory in Wisconsin. In New York Sean Patrick Maloney will be the first openly gay Congressman from the state. And pro-gay candidate John Tierney held onto his seat in Massachusetts. Also good news out of a local race in Troy, Michigan, where the anti-gay mayor was finally ousted.
It was just a stunning night. Even socially moderate Meghan McCain was able to find solace in the LGBT, not to mention the marijuana, wins.
Oh and in other gay news, John Travolta isn't gay. If we are to believe Kirstie Alley.
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It was certainly a late night last night, although not as late as some may have anticipated. For the second election in a row, Diane Sawyer may have hit the bottle.