For LGBT Americans, 2011 was a year of enormous triumph and hope, with marriage coming to New York, the sixth and most populous state, and the ban on gays serving openly in the military finally gone forever.
But the victories were coupled with some major disappointments and the reality that those who want to stop LGBT rights aren't giving up -- and that the fight for full equality will continue for some time to come.
Here are 12 of the biggest gay political news stories of the year. Vote for the ones that you thought were the most important and then sound off in the comment section below to let us know what other moments you'd add to the list.
For more on the best of 2011, visit AOL's Best of 2011.