« Video | State Rep.-elect David Richardson - Florida's first out gay lawmaker - says thank you | Main | Hallandale Beach passes ‘historic’ gay rights resolution, to reimburse tax for domestic partners »

In shift, gay marriage racks up wins on the ballot

BY CURTIS TATE, MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS

WASHINGTON -- Supporters of same-sex marriage reached a major milestone in Tuesday’s elections, when Maryland and Maine became the first states where voters upheld marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

While gay marriage has gained the support of courts, state legislatures and even President Barack Obama, voters have rejected the question every time it has appeared as a ballot issue.

But Tuesday turned the tide. Washington state voters were poised to uphold gay marriage on Wednesday, with supporters of the referendum declaring victory. Voters in Minnesota turned down an effort to ban gay marriage in the state’s constitution.

“We can’t underestimate the importance of what we saw yesterday,” said David Masci, a senior researcher at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. “It’s a pretty big deal.”

Click here to read more.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e2017d3d65b2e4970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference In shift, gay marriage racks up wins on the ballot:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

President Obama is not really a supporter of the same sex marriage. He is obvious in that. However, this does not make him lose the elections.

Congratulations to the third sexes for this overwhelming support on this battle. May everyone just be happy for these people. Cheers!

@Sansbury, President Obama is a real supporter of same sex marriage. And that doesn’t make me love him less. I'm so glad for the victory of the third sex. Kudos!

I hope this will make them happy, congratulations!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment