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Have not heard much on this with the candidate battles.

How's it looking in Maine, Maryland and Washington? And the ban on on Gay marriage in Minnesota?

by Anonymousreply 4111/11/2012

Things look optimisitic but close for us in Maine and Washington. It is much less certain in Minnesota and Maryland as the polls are basically tied. History shows us when gay rights are close/tied like that we lose.

But in Maine and especially Washington we have a chance to make history with voters actually supporting our equal rights. (not that minority rights should be the subject of a majority vote, but still)

by Anonymousreply 111/06/2012

Things are looking great in Maine. According to the Politico site, they are showing 78% in favour. YAY

by Anonymousreply 211/06/2012

But hasn't Maine gone back and forth in the past five years or so? It seems every election has a Maine gay rights vote that goes one way then the other.

by Anonymousreply 311/06/2012

Preaching to the choir here, but just to show why minority rights / civil rights should not be subject to majority vote:

[quote]It took South Carolina until 1998 and Alabama until 2000 to officially amend their states' constitutions to remove language prohibiting miscegenation. In the respective referendums, 62% of voters in South Carolina and 59% of voters in Alabama voted to remove these laws.

In other words, ~40% of voters in these states WHILE CLINTON WAS PRESIDENT thought it was OK to uphold a ban on interracial marriage that had already been struck down by the Supreme Court in 1967.

by Anonymousreply 411/06/2012

R4, that's fucking sad. 40% of people were still voting against interracial marriage in the 90s?!

by Anonymousreply 511/06/2012

"It is much less certain in Minnesota and Maryland as the polls are basically tied."

You just know that Miss Marcus Bachmann voted against us Minnesota

by Anonymousreply 611/06/2012

No one's making any marriage initiatives at my house!

*RIMSHOT*

[italic]Ay, dos mio![/italic]

by Anonymousreply 711/06/2012

I'm concerned that Iowa may toss out another judge who ruled that same-sex marriage is constitutional.

by Anonymousreply 811/06/2012

What are the latest results?

by Anonymousreply 911/06/2012

Marriage equality still looks good in Maine, Washington, and Maryland. The same sex marriage ban is losing in Minnesota.

by Anonymousreply 1011/06/2012

In Maryland, with 60.7% of the vote tallied on Question 6, in favor of marriage equality, For 51.2%; Against 48.8%

In Maine, with 34% of the vote tallied on Question 1, in favor of marriage equality, For 52%; Against 48%

In Minnesota, with 37% of the vote tallied on Amendment 1 which states, "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota," For 45%; Against 55%

by Anonymousreply 1111/06/2012

With 50% reporting, gay marriage is leading in WA State 52 o 48 percent.

by Anonymousreply 1211/06/2012

What r12 said. Also, marijuana legalized in WA

by Anonymousreply 1311/06/2012

Mainers United is declaring victory in Maine on their Twitter Feed.

by Anonymousreply 1411/06/2012

[quote]In other words, ~40% of voters in these states WHILE CLINTON WAS PRESIDENT thought it was OK to uphold a ban on interracial marriage that had already been struck down by the Supreme Court in 1967.

Sodomy laws are still on the books in some southern states.

by Anonymousreply 1511/06/2012

It's been 4 years now since California voted down the gay marriage proposition. Given the encouraging results from these states tonight, I wonder how Prop 8 would have fared if it was up for a vote this year.

by Anonymousreply 1611/07/2012

At least this will shut up the people who keep claiming that marriage equality can't win a popular vote.

by Anonymousreply 1711/07/2012

As important as these tremendous victories are in their own right, they will also be exceptionally important when the issue of marriage equality is before the Supreme Court.

There is no way that Justice Kennedy is going to allow some patchwork of conflicting laws allowing gays to marry in some states but not others.

by Anonymousreply 1811/07/2012

What's happening in Minnesota? Looks like Mitt is spending his last money on vote-rigging there!

by Anonymousreply 1911/07/2012

Passed in MD - 52% for, 48% against

by Anonymousreply 2011/07/2012

[quote]Passed in MD

Thanks to hunky Governor Martin O'Malley for moving this forward.

by Anonymousreply 2111/07/2012

2012 is 2004 in reverse. Remember how Democrats were energized to vote out Bush yet Republicans went to the polls and held them off? That's what happened tonight except vice versa. Republican swell helped all heterosexual-only marriage amendments pass. Tonight the Democratic swell helped gay marriage pass.

by Anonymousreply 2211/07/2012

What I like about this is that three of the four amendments were FOR legalization of same-sex marriage. Every other one that's passed has been for a ban.

by Anonymousreply 2311/07/2012

Oh what a night!

by Anonymousreply 2411/07/2012

Until tonight the record has been 0 - 32 in favor of marriage equality.

That record is now broken.

by Anonymousreply 2511/07/2012

r19 keep your fingers crossed - it looks like the largest numbers of precincts not yet reported are from Minneapolis. These should be solidly for Vote No. Also remember, non-votes (neither Yes nor No) are counted as No votes.

by Anonymousreply 2611/07/2012

The record was actually 1-32. People forget that Arizona voted against a constitutional amendment that would ban all legal partnerships except for heterosexual marriage in 2006. Arizona has domestic partnerships for heterosexual couples which would have been banned too, so they rejected it. In 2008, the constitutional amendment in Arizona was only for same-sex couples. Arizona passed that.

by Anonymousreply 2711/07/2012

As of this moment, the Minnesota amendment is losing:

Amendment 1: Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota? t3481 of 4102 precincts (85%) tYest1,191,933t48 tNot1,261,111t51 tEst. blankst35,038t1

by Anonymousreply 2811/07/2012

Passed in Maine, Washington, and Maryland.

by Anonymousreply 2911/07/2012

Amendment 1: Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?

3481 of 4102 precincts (85%)

Yes 1,191,933 48

No 1,261,111 51

Est. blanks 35,038 1

by Anonymousreply 3011/07/2012

Just a reminder - blanks count as no votes.

by Anonymousreply 3111/07/2012

The no's and blanks are leading the yes's in MN by about 145000 votes with 88% of precincts reporting. I'd say it's pretty much in the bag.

by Anonymousreply 3211/07/2012

Thomas Roberts just said the MN amendment has been decided.

With 96% of the vote in

NO: 51% (1,437,487) YES: 47% (1,326,305)

That makes it a clean sweep for marriage equality tonight/this morning!

by Anonymousreply 3311/07/2012

I'm actually crying right now. Maybe this country is finally becoming the place i always dreamed it would be. These initiatives, Tammy, the Repubs and far right losing their foothold. The supreme court nominees that Obama will elect instead of Romney. I can't.

by Anonymousreply 3411/07/2012

Washington is still considered too close to call, as mail-in votes are still arriving and will continue to be counted for probably another week. All of the counties have reported, though, and it is passing 52-48. The other two marriage initiatives have passed and the marriage ban has failed. We could see a clean sweep.

by Anonymousreply 3511/07/2012

[quote]We could see a clean sweep.

That would be fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 3611/08/2012

Washington has now passed. Clean sweep!

by Anonymousreply 3711/08/2012

MN Republicans used their control of the house and senate to put the anti gay marriage amendment and a voter id amendment on the ballot with the intention that it would drive their right wing base to the polls. Maybe finally turning the state red for Romney.

But it backfired. More new voters than ever came to the polls. We voted down both amendments. We re-elected Obama. And nail in the coffin, MN voters rejected the Republicans. They lost control of the house and the senate.

by Anonymousreply 3811/08/2012

Thanks for the update about WA, r37. I hadn't heard it on the news at all today.

by Anonymousreply 3911/08/2012

Totally unbelievable!!! And with each victory, the fight gets easier!

by Anonymousreply 4011/09/2012

so, what states will be the next for marriage equality?

by Anonymousreply 4111/11/2012
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