Watermark: New millennium a boon for LGBT rights

The new millennium has been a boon for LGBT rights

At a glance, it may seem that 2009 was anything but a banner year for LGBT rights. Voters in every state with same-sex marriage on the ballot voted against us, and federal laws still don’t recognize same-sex marriages in the handful of states where it is legal.

'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell' has yet to be repealed, and foreign partners of American citizens are not allowed to immigrate to the United States as spouses.

Many LGBT Americans are frustrated that Barack Obama hasn’t done more to ensure equal rights for our community. Others say the 44th President has his hands full with a struggling economy and two inherited wars. Whatever your view of the president’s first year, the state of LGBT rights can appear pretty bleak at a glance.

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