A Step Forward, two Steps Backward

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­ELECTION ROUND-UP

While the GLBTI community will benefit from the big Democratic wins in the 2008 elections, our glee is muted by the homophobia that is still apparently rampant throughout the country.

Our community now has friends in The White House with the election of Senators Obama and Biden. There are increased Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. Unfortunately, the Democrats did not gain a veto-proof majority in the Senate, which may prove troublesome. In New Jersey, Senator Lautenberg was reelected to a fifth term and the Democrats picked up a seat in the House delegation. 

Around the country, the news was not as good. We celebrate the victory of Jared Polis in Colorado who becomes only the third out member of Congress. In California, Proposition 8, which amends the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, passed.