Lambda Legal: ‘Blockbuster at the Ballot Box’
‘With clear victories in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Iowa and promising results in Washington we have turned an historic corner, and there is no turning back.’
(New York, November 7, 2012)—Lambda Legal issued the following statement by Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal:
“The election of 2012 was a blockbuster at the ballot box for same-sex couples. With clear victories in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Iowa and promising results in Washington we have turned an historic corner, and there is no turning back. We don’t have to look very far back to the elections in 2004 when we lost antigay ballot measures in 13 states. This is amazing progress in the span of eight years.
“In Iowa, the second campaign by antigay groups to oust an Iowa Supreme Court justice for his vote in our case that won the right for same-sex couples to marry has failed. We must continue to be vigilant and stop efforts to attack judges and courts for doing the job they are supposed to do – upholding the rights guaranteed under our Constitution.
“In addition, voters have re-elected a president who embraced marriage for same-sex couples, led the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and is standing with us to defeat the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. And we look forward to working with President Obama early in his next term to enact the Employment Nondiscrimination Act and the Student Nondiscrimination Act.
“Last night also saw the election of the first openly lesbian member of the U.S. Senate, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
“We congratulate all the elected officials who stood up for equality, and all the activists and allies across the country who fought so hard for it.
“It’s an astounding day and the future is very promising. Today we celebrate -- and we also roll up our sleeves to continue fighting for equality for all the LGBT people and people with HIV across the country who still face discrimination. ”