ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For Richard Carlbom beating the marriage amendment was a deeply personal fight. As a gay man he wasn't willing to lose and he didn't.

Less than 24 hours after the marriage amendment was defeated Carlbom was visibly sleep deprived but the campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families said it was worth it.

"We beat an amendment in this state that no other state could beat and if we can do that in the heartland of this country...that speaks volumes," he said.

Also speaking volumes were voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington who approved gay marriage. In Wisconsin newly elected Senator Tammy Baldwin made history being the first openly gay politician. Joining the conversation was President Obama during his victory speech Tuesday night.

Supporters believe this election cycle is a turning point for the same-sex marriage movement. But those opposing it don't see it that way.

Minnesota for Marriage spokesperson Chuck Darrell declined to an on camera interview, but told KARE 11 on the phone, "This is not a shift away from the fact that marriage is between a man and woman. We are disappointed but have no regrets....we knew we were swimming against a powerful tide."

Carlbom believes it is a tide that will continue to gain strength so one day he and others can marry.

"I have a partner of five years and I would love nothing other than to one day get married to my partner in my home state," he said.

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