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NEWS ANALYSIS: This election is “most important vote LGBT Americans have ever faced”

So much is at stake on Election Day for LGBT Americans.

Will Barack Obama, the most gay-friendly President in U.S. history who supports marriage equality, get re-elected to a second term?

Will Mitt Romney, who has proudly stated his anti-gay views throughout the campaign and signed the NOM Pledge, win the White House?

The Democratic Party platform made history as the first to call for marriage equality and a host of other equality issues for LGBT Americans.

By contrast, the Republican Party platform, largely written by anti-gay Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins, vows to ban same-sex marriage and abortions, turn Medicare in a voucher system, and give more tax breaks to the uber wealthy at the expense of the middle class and the poor.

GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans, rival groups of gay conservatives, have endorsed Romney despite his reprehensible rebuke of LGBT equality and his pledge to re-instate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and take away hospital visitation rights that Obama mandated for LGBT couples during his first term. Their endorsements left many in the LGBT community puzzled.

Stonewall Democrats voiced the concerns of many in the LGBT community in an email Sunday to their supporters:

“This election is, by far, the most important vote LGBT Americans have ever faced. Our equality is on the line and only one political party has our back: Democrats. Your vote matters and so does the party you choose at the ballot box.”

Marriage on the ballot

Maine, Maryland and Washington state will vote on marriage equality on Tuesday.

The state legislatures and governors of each state approved same-same marriage, but opponents qualified referendums for the Nov. 6 elections that would overturn the laws and prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

Minnesota voters are being asked to pass a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Polls are close in all four states, and it appears that voters in Maine and Washington will confirm the law and Minnesota will turn down the ban. Maryland is a tossup, according to polling, but first lady Michelle Obama is featured in a robocall asking the state's voters to support marriage equality.

Key elections

Some key elections involving LGBT candidates around the country:

* Will Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) become the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate?

* Will Richard Tisei, a gay Republican, get elected to Congress from blue state Massachusetts?

* Will Mark Takano, a gay Asian-American, win his House race to represent California’s District 41?

* Will Carl DeMaio become the first gay Republican mayor of one of America’s largest cities, San Diego?

* Will Dave Roberts be the first gay person elected to the San Diego Board of Supervisors?

As a matter of full disclosure, SDGLN Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with Carl DeMaio. Their relationship in no way impacts the editorial decisions made by Ken Williams, SDGLN Editor in Chief, and does not influence our political coverage. Williams can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter or at (877) 727-5446, x713.