As you and most other people on the planet know, last night Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States, beating out Republican nominee Mitt Romney and several independent candidates. But President Obama wasn’t the only person who made history in the 2012 elections.
Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin broke barriers when she became the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history as well as the first female senator from Wisconsin–ever. “I didn’t run to make history,” Baldwin assured in her victory speech last night. “I ran to make a difference, a difference in the lives of families struggling to find work and pay the bills.” Okay, dude. How much do we love her?
What’s more, Tammy Baldwin would be leaving her seat in the House, where she’ll be replaced by yet another openly gay politician, Democrat Mark Pocan. “Tammy Baldwin’s victory showed what a majority of Americans already know: that candidates should be judged on their qualifications for the job and not their sexual orientation.” Amen!
We’re so happy for the progress that both women and the LGBTQ community have been making this election year. Not only did Tammy Baldwin take home a win, but three states–Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota (and probably Washington, once their mail-in ballots are tallied) all supported gay marriage with referendums.
Two famously repressed groups–women and their LGBTQ peers–are finally getting their voices heard, and we seriously couldn’t be happier. Why? Because you voted, proving that you matter. We’re proud of Tammy Baldwin, and we’re also really proud of you.
Did you vote in the 2012 elections? Would you vote for Tammy Baldwin? Do you think LGBTQ rights played a role in the outcome of the 2012 elections? Are you registered to vote? Tell us in the comments!