President Obama signs LGBT executive order on job bias

WASHINGTON, DC—In a brief ceremony in the East Room of the White House, with a scattering of "Amens" from the 300 or so LGBT activists gathered, President Obama this morning signed an executive order prohibitin...
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Top national news of 2012: Obama says ‘I do’

Barack Obama

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.

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Baldwin makes history as first out gay U.S. senator

Tammy Baldwin

Tuesday’s election makes Tammy Baldwin the first openly gay person to serve in the U.S. Senate and brings the tally of LGBT members of the U.S. House to at least five.

"People ... see our country and our states moving toward full equality in many respects," Baldwin told CNN the morning after the election. "When you have legislative bodies that look more like America, that happens."

Baldwin is also the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate.