Outcomes from many November 4, 2008 state contests will lead to some gains in LGBT rights and reproductive freedoms. Statewide ballot initiative results on marriage, adoption/foster care, reproductive rights, immigration and affirmative action were very mixed.
Welcoming a new administration
Obama is one of the most LGBT-friendly presidential candidate in this country’s history. “This is the dawn of a new political era of hope and engagement in the life of this country,” said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, “A new administration brings a promise for a sea change in the tenor of the national dialogue on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.”