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Campus Question – November 7, 2012

November 7, 2012

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Campus Question – November 7, 2012

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Yesterday was a mandate for LGBT equality, with marriage equality proposals winning in Maine, Maryland, and Washington, with Minnesota blocking a proposal to enshrine heterosexual privilege in the state constitution, and with Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin becoming our first openly lesbian member of the U.S. Senate, other LGBT candidates winning a record number of U.S. House races, and voters rejecting attacks on state judges and elected officials targeted by anti-LGBT groups. Will 2012 go down in history as the turning point on LGBT equality?

  • NCrissieB

    Today on Campus

    Morning Feature – Winning Progressive with Celebrating Victory
    Furthermore! – The Squirrel with Data Defeats Anecdotes, Gut Feelings
    Midday Matinee – addisnana with Thanks to Every Volunteer
    Evening Focus – Dr. F with A Muted Discussion … A Wasted Campaign?

  • Jim W

    Don’t forget June 28, 1969.

  • NCrissieB

    Few historical movements have a single “turning point.” The path of events usually wanders more than that image implies, and progress often feels like “two steps forward, one step back.” And I’m not naïve enough to believe we’re past setbacks.

    Yet I think Martin Bashir put his finger on the key lesson of yesterday:

    “Hate lost.” That matters. That matters a lot.

    Thank you, American voters.

    • I agree with your analysis. Almost every major “turning point,” when looked at, turns out to be the result of long effort, and a series of smaller victories – and losses. Brown v Board of Education is often pointed to as “a turning point” in the civil rights movement, yet there was an increasing awareness (and a number of lesser court wins) that made it possible.

  • addisnana

    I think this is an important milestone on the way to becoming a nation that allows each person to be who they are and be full citizens. I expect that there will be set backs down the road and also much more progress. Today is certainly a day for celebrating!


    Minnesotans also rejected a constitutional amendment that would have effectively banned same-sex marriage, which leaves the door open to legalize the practice here.

    DFL Sen. John Marty of Roseville expressed confidence that it could happen soon.

    “I think we just keep on moving forward on it now,” Marty said.

  • Gardener

    Good enening!

    To the question: Mebbe as “a” turning point, not “the.” I dunno…….

    We drove all over the county pulling signs. Have nearly a pickup load, am tired….. My pal is pretty bummed about losing that election………

    More tomorrow.

    Best, G