Gay Rights Lead To Success At The Ballot Box

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 | Posted by Chico Brisbane | Labels: ,

By Richard Socarides

Richard Socarides says politicians will recognize that their embrace of us is not only the right thing to do, but leads to success at the ballot box.

Photo by M. Sharkey

Probably the best thing about the election, for me, was how many “how far we've come” moments it provided. We won our first marriage equality ballot initiatives -- in fact, winning all four of them: in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State. We elected our first openly gay or lesbian member of the U.S. Senate, a club historically restricted unlike any other in Washington. We added new openly gay members of the House of Representatives. (I am particularly proud of my friend Sean Maloney, who I worked with in the Clinton White House, who beat a one-term incumbent tea party-er, who had no business representing the people of her district in the first place.)



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