Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffn opened the New Year with an ambitious resolution, reflecting on "The Year of Greatest Accomplishments for the LGBT Movement" in 2013 and telling supporters, "We can't tolerate the persistence of two Americas when it comes to equality. Right now, in one America, complete legal equality has finally been realized. But in the other America, even the most basic statewide legal protections are non-existent. Within 5 years, we will bring marriage equality to all 50 of our states. We will secure full equality everywhere, for everyone."
Griffin called 2013 a groundbreaking year for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality.
"Since the beginning of the LGBT rights movement, we have never come as far or as fast as we have this past year," he wrote. "And it's all because of people like you standing up for what's right day after day."
Noted accomplishments in 2013 included nearly doubling the number of states with marriage equality for same-sex couples: 9 additional states, for a total of 17, now authorize marriage equality. The Obama administration also paved the way for joint tax filing, military benefits, family and medical league, and green card eligibility for same-sex couples.
Check out the slideshow for a look at these and some of the other accomplishments HRC is celebrating.