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The USA’s first openly gay member of the Senate: Tammy Baldwin

“I am well aware that I will have the honour to be Wisconsin’s first woman US senator.  And I am well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the United States Senate, but I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference. But in choosing me to tackle those problems the people of Wisconsin have made history.”

It may have gone unnoticed in the wee small hours of the morning.  As Barack Obama emerged victorious in what was once of the tightest elections and most important for equality, quietly, in Wisconsin, LGBT history was made with the election of the first openly gay member of the US Senate, Tammy Baldwin.

“Tonight we have won a huge victory for Wisconsin,” Baldwin said before continuing that she would be a champion of the middle classes.

In other incredible equalities news, Maine and Maryland voted to grant same sex couples the same rights as straight couples.

 

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