I admit I’m throwing this post up because I feel like I have to post something, and I’m not getting very far on my elections summary post, so this will do for now.This is from an email from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC):

But there were major victories last night as well. A record number of openly LGBT candidates prevailed, including newly elected David Cicilline (D) of Rhode Island, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) spent millions to gin up hatred and fear, and although they ousted three Iowa judges who ruled for marriage equality, many of their favored candidates lost – like Tea Party darlings Christine O’Donnell in Delaware (who founded a group to “cure” homosexuality) and Sharron Angle in Nevada (who refused donations from pro-equality companies), as well as Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman in California and Carl Paladino in New York. The man who likened homosexuality to alcoholism, Colorado’s Ken Buck, also went down in defeat.

Saw this on Twitter:

Lexington, Ky., voters elect 1st openly gay mayor: Voters in Lexington, Kentucky’s second-largest…http://tinyurl.com/2bhbp3x #gay, #lgbt

updated 9:30PM:

African American gay man wins election to N.C. House

And a record number of candidates supported by the victory Fund won across the country.

These openly gay candidate wins is extremely important, and says so much about what happened yesterday, so I’m going to come back to it many times over the next week or so as I write about the elections.For now, just remembering that it is a glimmer of positive in an otherwise devastating day is enough.

I posted a short survey this morning, that if you haven’t completed, please fake a few minutes to do so. I collect no information about you, just your responses to the questions. So far, the collected results are interesting, but not enough people have answered for any real meaning to be derived from it.  Here is the survey: http://polldaddy.com/s/4F135730F1BB22F1

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