Sure, 2013 will go down as a another huge year in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) victories, with marriage equality surging forward in the states and at the Supreme Court, transgender students wining major protections in California and "ex-gay" therapy to minors banned in New Jersey.
But the year may be more profoundly remembered for the retreats of LGBT opponents, who seemed to be running away in droves. Michele Bachmann threw in the towel. Exodus International shut its doors. Ken Cuccinelli crashed and burned. The National Organization for Marriage is going broke. Chris Christie danced around the issue. And Chuck Hagel apologized.
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