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Yesterday, Americans cast their votes in support of equality.

And anti-LGBT activists, who spent countless hours and millions of dollars this election cycle to harm LGBT families, were defeated.

For the first time, marriage for same-sex couples has been upheld by voters in not one, but two states - with Washington expected to follow - and Minnesotans rejected a constitutional ban on marriage equality in their state, crushing these activists' claims that voters would never embrace marriage for all loving and committed couples.



The call for fairness didn't stop there. Americans also voted to stand by the first acting president who supports marriage equality - a president who, in his first term, also signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law, banned discrimination against transgender people in federal workplaces, extended hospital visitation for gay and lesbian couples, and repealed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

In Wisconsin, voters elected Tammy Baldwin as the first openly gay U.S. Senator and more LGBT people have been elected to offices around the country than ever before.

Today is a new day for equality.

It's the stories of LGBT families and allies that have brought us to this tipping point. Leading up to the election, GLAAD's team worked with campaigns and everyday Americans around the country to ensure these stories and voices were louder than any of the misinformation that our opponents were working to spread.

Equality for LGBT people is no longer a partisan issue but an issue of human dignity. And we at GLAAD will not stop until full equality is a reality for everyone

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