It's the day after the election and President Barack Obama won reelection yesterday with a narrow majority of the popular vote and a decisive margin in the electoral college.
Equally or perhaps more importantly, marriage equality has finally broken its 32 state loosing streak, and in a dramatic fashion at that. As of writing this at midnight PST, my home state of Maine has come down in favor of same-sex marriage, and so has Maryland.
In Washington state marriage is looking good, with support for equality polling ahead in a tight contest, with some news outlets calling it a done deal.
And in Minnesota, after an even tighter race, voters elected to prevent an amendment banning same-sex marriage from becoming enshrined in the state constitution.
These victories are important, both for their real-world impact and for what they say about the changing place of LGBT people in the United States. But in the midst of success, we need to remember that there are profound issues that effect our community beyond marriage rights. We need to be able and willing to turn the economic, social, and political might that we've honed through the struggle for marriage equality and apply it to other issues effecting the LGBT community such as ENDA, homelessness, immigration equality, the unique needs of queer people of color, trans* inclusion, and many others.
With that in mind, here are some things you need to know today: