What A Night

Strong pro-equality majorities in the Colorado House and Senate — including 8 openly LGBT lawmakers who will represent our community. The re-election of a President who has advanced LGBT equality more than any other. The first openly LGBT U.S. Senator in history. Winning marriage at the ballot box in three states (and fighting off a marriage ban in one).

Because of your tireless work, Colorado has elected overwhelming pro-equality majorities in the Colorado legislature. After the government shut down orchestrated by Speaker McNulty in the waning days of the last legislative session, LGBT Coloradans and our allies were energized to elect a pro-equality majority that would advance civil unions and other protections for our community. And we did just that.

Together One Colorado volunteers and staff made a tremendous impact on key local races. Nearly 25,000 doors knocked or calls made. Hundreds of thousands of dollars contributed. All to support pro-equality candidates for State House and State Senate.

Colorado and the country also re-elected President Barack Obama. From appointing openly LGBT people to his administration to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to recognizing that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional — President Obama has advanced LGBT equality more than any other President in history. We’re celebrating the opportunity he’s been given to move the country forward for the next four years.

Working with President Obama will be the first openly LGBT U.S. Senator in history — Tammy Baldwin. Representing the state of Wisconsin, Baldwin is the first openly LGBT person to represent an entire state on Capitol Hill, and we rejoice that her victory has made history for our movement and our community.

Last night — for the first time — LGBT Americans saw their friends, co-workers, and neighbors affirm at the ballot box their freedom to marry. Today is a joyous day for same-sex couples in Maine, Maryland, and Washington who will soon be able to marry the person they love. In Minnesota, same-sex couples and their allies fought back against an attempt to ban marriage — keeping alive their dream of marrying the person they love.

Today is truly a day for celebration, and we rejoice with the broad coalition who helped make this possible. Over these past many months, we have given all of ourselves to ensure these incredible victories. We took nothing for granted, left nothing behind — and we won.

We can’t thank you enough for your contributions of time, energy, and dollars. The impact we made will be felt for years to come. Congratulations.