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Looking Out: 89 percent of Equality Maryland's endorsed candidates win primaries

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The results of primary elections in Maryland on Tuesday bode well for LGBT rights -- at least according to Equality Maryland, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization.

Of 93 candidates endorsed by the group in statewide races and the General Assembly this election cycle, 83 -- or about 89 percent -- won their races.

That includes Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown winning the Democratic nod for governor and not Del. Heather Mizeur, the lesbian Montgomery County legislator who was also running for the state's top job but did not receive Equality Maryland's endorsement -- to the chagrin of some. (She would have been the first elected openly gay state governor in the country.)

By default, Equality Maryland also saw its choice for lieutenant governor -- Brown's running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman -- win. It also saw Sen. Brian Frosh, its endorsed candidate, win the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.

Additionally, all returning gay and lesbian candidates in the state won their elections, including: Sen. Rich Madaleno, Del. Anne Kaiser, Del. Luke Clippinger, Del. Maggie McIntosh, Del. Bonnie Cullison and Del. Mary Washington.

A total of 61 candidates for House of Delegates seats who were endorsed by Equality Maryland won their races, while 9 lost. In the state Senate, 20 of 21 candidates endorsed by the group won.

You can check out the full list of Equality Maryland-endorsed candidates who won their elections here, broken down by legislative district.

Elsewhere:

- On Tuesday, the White House held the first "Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights." You can read National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice's prepared remarks here

- And the beat goes on for same-sex marriage victories in the United States. This week, Utah and Indiana. Human Rights Campaign is pumped, naturally, sharing this stat with Twitter.

- ICYMI, the gay Morgan State University student who accused a fraternity there of discrimination, getting the chapter placed on probation, spoke out at length this week for the first time about what the case has meant for him. You can check out our story here.

Did the candidates you wanted to win come out on top? What do you think is the next step for Heather Mizeur?

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