Due to some very aggressive campaigning (finally) and MN Vikings Straight ally Chris Kluwe ALL 4 ballot measures that appeared on ballots across the Unites States passed in our favor yesterday breaking a losing streak second only to that of the Cincinnati Bengals.
In the toughest ballot race last night Minnesota voters said “NO” to bigotry and gave a huge “FUCK YOU” to NOM, the Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus, when the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage was surprisingly defeated.
Said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak told hundreds of amendment opponents gathered at the RiverCentre in St. Paul late Tuesday night. “You understood compassion. This wound up being one of the most inspirational things that’s ever happened in Minnesota. Minnesota is going to be the state that’s going to show the country exactly what Minnesota values are all about.”
In Maryland where final tally is not yet in and the margin remains slim, many major LGBT rights organizations and news organizations are claiming victory for gay marriage in Maryland. Where MD voters approved Question 6, the Civil Marriage Protection Act, paving the way for gay and lesbian couples to receive a marriage license beginning in January.
In Maine the Portland Press-Herald is calling its gay marriage ballot question a win and Maine today became the first state to approve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples through a majority vote on a ballot measure. Maine is expected to begin issuing marriage licenses in mid-December.
And last but not least in Washington State, Seattle’s Capitol Hill turned into a street party Tuesday night as voters celebrated the state’s approval of gay marriage. Governor Chris Gregoire signed to law in February of this year but a ballot question was submitted to public referendum by opponents where it was beaten last night.
THIS IS GAY HISTORY IN THE MAKING!
Congratulations to all and a thank you to all who worked so hard on these ballot initiatives.