In perhaps the biggest year for the LGBT rights movement in history, one story stands out as the most significant: President Obama’s re-election after he publicly endorsed marriage equality.
Obama won re-election by taking 51 percent of the popular vote compared to the 47 percent won by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, paving the way for the pro-LGBT policies of his first term to continue over the next four years. Obama won major swing states, including Ohio, Florida, Colorado and Virginia.
In May, during a TV interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage, making him the first sitting U.S. president to take that step.
Republican Meghan McCain, whose father lost to President Barack Obama four years ago, chatted with Anderson Cooper on his live TV show today and praised both legalizing marijuana and the passage of marriage equality in Maryland and Maine.
"If I want to smoke weed responsibly, it's nobody's business," McCain tells Cooper.
She also was pleased with marriage equality being passed in Maryland and Maine, calling it a "silver lining" of last night's election in which President Obama defeated Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.