America sees change1 min read

Openly gay woman senator elected in Wisconsin

Rajvir Kaur

On Nov. 6, Tammy Baldwin became not only the first Wisconsin woman, but also the first openly gay woman politician that was elected into the U.S. Senate.
The 2008 election was historic because  Barack Obama was elected as the first black president. On Nov. 6, 2012, once again the citizens of the United States raised their voices, this time in support of the gay community.
Equal rights for the LGBT community has been and continues to be a hard-fought battle. But now, as older generations try to adapt and future generations continue to grow, the community is one step closer to their goal.
Embracing Obama’s slogan, Baldwin told CNN that now that there is a “seat at the table,” her as an openly gay woman, this “will be a change that moves us forward.”
To further emphasize our evolving society, as stated on CNN.com, according to the Victory Fund committee, at least 118 other “gay and lesbian candidates” won both local and state races this election.
Whether because of a higher rate of young voters, or seniors adapting to the future of this nation. These election results indicate a change in views.
Three more states were added to the list of states that have legalized same-sex marriage.
Maine, Maryland and Washington, by popular vote, legalized same-sex marriage and broadened the meaning of marriage to encompass gay and lesbian couples and their union to be “constitutional.”
Minnesota also shot down a proposition that would have defined a marriage as a union between only a man and a woman in the consitution.
They may not be drastic changes, but one step at a time, we are moving forward in a new direction.

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