Every Thanksgiving the L.A. Times' editorial board lists many a thing for which they are grateful, and every Thanksgiving, I share a few of them with you. This year is no exception:

The 2012 elections are finally over.

President Obama, who unlike his Republican opponent Mitt Romney, had a well-articulated and mathematically sound plan for reducing the federal deficit and restoring the nation's fiscal health, was reelected to another four-year term.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Americans are, one state at a time, recognizing that marriage is not a gift of the government but a fundamental right that all are entitled to enjoy.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in President Obama's healthcare law, without which the financial underpinnings of the system would have collapsed.

The U.S. Supreme Court tossed out most of an absurd and mean-spirited Arizona law, SB 1070, allowing the state to establish its own immigration standards. We hope other states considering similar laws will get the message.

Money can't buy everything. Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson spent some $50 million in the recent elections, first for GOP candidate Newt Gingrich, then for GOP nominee Mitt Romney — and lost both.

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri blurted out his weird belief that the female body can shut down any pregnancy that might result from "a legitimate rape." It reminded the nation of the significance of women's issues in politics.

The housing market is starting to rebound, five years after the bubble burst.

Vice President Joe Biden commented on a TV talk show that he was "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage. Biden's seemingly unorchestrated embrace of marriage equality pressed President Obama to complete his own "evolution" toward the same position.