Gay marriage passes in Maine, Maryland (reportedly)

GOP consultant Alex Castellanos on CNN:

“The Republican party can’t be the party that thinks one of the biggest problems is that there’s too much love in the world.”

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HRC has a great summary of the victories so far tonight:

HRC President Chad Griffin released the following statement:
“When the history books are written, 2012 will be remembered as the year when LGBT Americans won decisively at the ballot box. The dreams of millions of fair-minded Americans were realized as discrimination crumbled and equality prevailed.”

Marriage Wins at Ballot Box for First Time
“For the first time, voters in Maine and Maryland voted to allow loving couples to make lifelong commitments through marriage – forever taking away the right-wing talking point that marriage equality couldn’t win on the ballot. No amount of well-funded lies about our families could deceive Mainers and Marylanders. We await results in Minnesota and Washington State but remain optimistic that they will be successful as well. The momentum for marriage equality has never been stronger, and with poll after poll showing a growing majority of support, we have a renewed certainty that we will win this fight.

Pro-Marriage Equality President Wins Reelection
“As millions of Americans celebrate President Obama’s reelection tonight, the LGBT community is particularly elated to return the most pro-equality President ever to a second term. There is no doubt that we will continue to see tremendous strides forward like we’ve made during his first four years with our Ally-in-Chief back in office. While some pundits predicted the President’s support for marriage equality would hinder his campaign, we know the opposite is true. His historic and heartfelt declaration that all loving and committed couples should be able to marry further motivated millions of voters and sparked conversations that led to wins for marriage at the ballot box. His win is further proof of the marriage equality movement’s momentum.

First Openly Gay Senator
“Another milestone was celebrated as Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin has again earned her spot in the history books. As the first openly gay person elected to the United States Senate, she is a role model for LGBT youth and all young women across the country. With a relentless focus on the issues that matter most to Wisconsin voters – economic security, access to healthcare, and fairness and inclusion for all – Senator-elect Baldwin earned the respect of all her constituents, gay and straight.

Pickup of Fair-Minded and Openly LGB Members of Congress
“For LGBT youth who aspire to public service, we have shattered a glass by sending Tammy Baldwin to the Senate and increasing the number openly LGB members of Congress. In the Senate we have at least three new marriage equality supporters who proudly declared their support for marriage for gay and lesbian couples on the campaign trail.

Voters Retain Iowa Justice Who Decided for Marriage
“It appears that Iowans have made a strong statement for judicial independence and refused to let politics get in the way of judges doing their duty to uphold the law. Anti-gay groups trying to exact political retribution on judges should learn their lesson. Marriage equality remains the law of the land in Iowa and judges like Justice Wiggins will continue to do their jobs.

LGBT Voters Flex Political Muscle, Break for President
“Our community has flexed our political muscle with exit polls showing an increase from 4 percent of the vote in 2008 to 5 percent this year. And the President gained many more supporters among lesbian, gay and bisexual voters – jumping seven points to garner 77% of our vote.

This stuff is always taken with a grain of salt, in my book.  But reportedly the Washington Post has called Maryland for marriage equality advocates.  And I’m told Maine has won as well.  That would give us gay marriage in two states, both won at the ballot, which would be a first.

Christ Geidner tweeted the following result from Maine, so that seems to be confirmed (I’m skeptical about every election result until the counting is over).

The Human Rights Campaign’s statement about Maine:

Maine Makes History Affirming Marriage Equality by Popular Vote 

WASHINGTON – Upon news voters in Maine passed Question One affirming marriage equality by popular vote, HRC President Chad Griffin made the following statement:

“This is a landmark election for marriage equality and we will forever look back at this year as a critical turning point in the movement for full citizenship for LGBT people. Voters in Maine came to the common-sense conclusion that all people deserve the ability to make loving, lifelong commitments through marriage.

“We are thrilled for all Maine families and for the dedicated campaign that led this effort through to the end.  As we celebrate victory tonight we know we have added momentum to ensure that this victory is soon felt in every corner of this country.  Poll after poll shows a majority of Americans supporting marriage equality and the numbers continue to grow every single day.

“Mainers United for Marriage ran a stellar campaign under the leadership of Matt McTighe and HRC has been proud to have been a part of this fight since the beginning.”

HRC has contributed more than $800,000 to advance marriage equality in Maine, sent 85,000 emails to supporters of marriage equality, recruited several hundred volunteers and sent staff to work on the campaign.


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  • Butch1

    Congratulations, Maine!!

  • FLL

    Most gay voters have loyally voted Democratic for at least 52 years,
    since about 1960, when the Democratic Party began to accept the civil
    rights movement. To be honest, that amounts to 48 years of loyalty to
    the Democratic Party with absolutely nothing given in return, followed by four
    years of progress, albeit with pressure applied. But Democratic
    apparatchiks never acknowledged the first 48 years of one-sided loyalty
    and insisted that we only consider the last four years of obvious
    progress in gay rights. By my reckoning, they still owe us for 48 years.

    Democratic strategists grossly miscalculated by thinking that marriage equality was politically toxic. More importantly, their miscalculation has resulted in a great loss of leverage over gay voters. I think people will actually look back on this as one of the more significant miscalculations in recent political history. Last night, the Democratic Party did OK, but nothing to write home about. They won a close race for the White House and only maintained what they had in Congress, not really gaining ground. By comparison, gay voters knocked it out of the ballpark—in ballot measures, an openly gay U.S. senator, gay candidates across the board, everything. The balance of power has changed, and as a result, the Democratic Party needs us more than we need them. Does the Democratic Party even have the ability to offer us anything in the 2014 midterm elections? Not really, because the party of a second-term president almost never gains seats during the midterms. On the other hand, they may need gay voters to save their congressional seats in the 2014 midterms. This is one of those magic moments when the hunter becomes the hunted.

  • Skeptical Cicada

    Two comments:

    1. To us: WE DID IT!!!

    2. To Democratic strategists: We fucking TOLD you so!

  • rmthunter

    I’m firmly in the “civil rights should not be subject to popular vote” camp — that’s about as un-American as it gets.

  • kingstonbears

    WOW!!

  • Carl Gorney

    You can now add Washington state to that list.

    They OK’d it too.

  • mf_roe

     Better than a law passed by Congress, and far better than a Supreme Court Decision.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    As Joe Biden would say, this is a Big Fucking Deal. Excellent!

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