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I am thrilled to congratulate our LGBT brothers and sisters for what looks to be an enormous victory for marriage equality. This issue was on the ballot in four states; Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington.

Three of the votes were ballot measures that would legalize marriage equality. While in Minnesota, voters were asked to approve or disapprove of a constitutional amendment which would have banned same-sex marriage.

Marriage equality has been put to a popular vote 32 times. Sadly, the voting record on this issue has been dismal. Marriage equality lost every one of these contests. So proponents of marriage equality were cautiously optimistic about these 4 ballot measures.

Lets look at the results of these elections below the squiggle.

The state of Maine became the first state to pass a ballot measure in support of marriage equality. The measure passed 54 - 46, clearly demonstrating strong support for LGBT rights by the citizens of the Pine Tree State.

Maryland passed its own ballot measure by a vote of 52 - 48.

In Minnesota, the electorate voted down a constitutional amendment which would have a cadded language to Minnesota's Constitution stating that marriage is defined by the marriage of one man with one woman. This measure lost 51 - 48.

In the state of Washington, voters have voted for marriage equality 51 - 48, but because Washington only allows voting by mail, this result is not final. It may be a week before we get the final vote tally on this measure. However, it is a very a very hopeful sign that it is four points ahead with over 50% of the vote counted.

Yesterday, we witnessed the power of the LBGT Rights movement. To win in all these states is a huge accomplishment that required enormous effort on the part of organizers and activists.

It is a watershed moment that demonstrates a large number of Americans are supportive of marriage equality. This will clearly help to change the narrative, while providing more evidence that marriage equality strengthens families and the institution of marriage itself.

Update: Congratulations to Senator Tammy Baldwin!!!  

Her victory is a tribute to her political skills, but it also reflects very positively on the voters of Wisconsin. Hopefully, she is the first of many openly gay candidates elected to the US Senate.

Originally posted to OIL GUY on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:49 AM PST.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

    by OIL GUY on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:49:13 AM PST

  •  I'm very busy this morning (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ExStr8, OIL GUY, bythesea

    and will take the opportunity to comment more later but...

    isn't this a sea change from election night 2008?

    •  It is indeed! (0+ / 0-)

      It's great that today the news is so good across the board. Prop 8 was a real downer, which cast a pall on the celebration of Barack Obama's victory.

      Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

      by OIL GUY on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:27:36 AM PST

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  •  The Republicans have lost their wedge issue (0+ / 0-)

    In Maryland, the Republicans, led by Teahaddist Republican Delegate Neil Parrot from Hagerstown, petitioned the law enacted by the state legislature to referendum.  In 2004, the presence of such ballot questions on many state ballots played a large role in getting the antis to the polls, where they would, by the way, cast a vote to reelect George Bush.  The strategy was deemed to have played a large role in Bush's victory over John Kerry, and Karl Rove, the author of this strategy, was proclaimed, an proclaimed himself, a genius.

    I don't think Parrot and his buddies believed they could flip Maryland to the Republicans, but they did envision wedging large numbers of religiously conservative black Marylanders to oppose marriage equality, and maybe ultiimately convince these people in future elections to vote Republican.  I think Parrot and the outside money people who paid for these ads overplayed their hand with their bs - that marriage equality would require teachers to indoctrinate public school children into becoming gay.  They attacked a childrens' book used in many public schools designed to teach kids to accept other children from different backgrounds - pictures showed a traditional white family with a mom and dad, a black family with mom and dad, a family with a black parent and a white parent, and a white family with two moms.  People have come to realize that this exists, get used to it.

    In Minnesota, the Republicans forced a constitutional amendment to the ballot even though they had enacted a state law making same sex marriage illegal - a traditional wedge tactic that was totally redundant and designed to help flip the state to Romney.  

    Republicans will think twice from now on before taking this to the ballot.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:39:11 AM PST

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