Maryland joined Maine in making history on Tuesday as they became the first states to ever pass gay marriage by referendum.
Prior to 2012, every ballot issues involving gay marriage shot down the chances of bringing marriage equality to a variety of states. That all changed on Tuesday.
Similar gay marriage ballot issues were on the ballot in Washington and Minnesota but the numbers were too close to call on Tuesday night.
Maine and Maryland will join six other states and Washington DC that have already legalized gay marriage.
After winning Tuesday night’s re-election bid, President Barack Obama sent out the following e-mail to supporters thanking them for their contributions to his campaign before giving his acceptance speech.
In the email he said:
I’m about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.
I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen.
You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.
I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.
But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.
Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.
There’s a lot more work to do.
But for right now: Thank you.
Voters in Maine made history on Tuesday night becoming the first state to legalize same sex marriage by referendum.
This reverses a 2009 vote that banned gay marriage in that state.
Maine now joins six other states as well as the District of Columbia who allow same sex couples to tie the knot.
Many political pundits called it, Tuesday night’s election hinged on Ohio. It was the Buckeye state that pushed President Barack Obama over the 270 electoral votes needed to win a second term in the White House.
As the night wound down, Mitt Romney’s chances of beating Obama kept looking slimmer and slimmer until just after 11pm when NBC News projected that the President had, in fact, been re-elected.
“We’re all in this together,” Barack Obama tweeted as he thanked supporters.
Beyond the Presidency, Democrats held on to their majority in the Senate as Republicans maintained theirs in Congress.
Wisconsin voters made history on Tuesday as the first state to elect an openly gay US Senator.
Democrat Tammy Baldwin edged out her Republican opponent Tommy Thompson to become the first openly gay Senator ever elected in the United States.
Going into Tuesdays election, Baldwin and Thompson were in tight race with various polls showing both candidates within the margin of error making the numbers a stastical tie.
In the end, however, Wisconsin voters sent out a message that they don’t care that Baldwin is a proud lesbian and elected her to represent their state. This is truly an historic move.