A big, big day for gay rights

Along with all the other stuff, yesterday was a huge day for gay rights:

– Tammy Baldwin won in Wisconsin, becoming the first openly gay US senator.

– There were four same-sex marriage measures on the ballot – Maine, Maryland, and Washington were looking to allow it, and Minnesota was looking to prohibit it in their constitution. We won in Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota. (the numbers are still being counted in Washington, but it’s looking good!) To put that in perspective, same-sex marriage has _never_ been allowed when put to a popular vote (it’s something like 0 for 32), and same-sex marriage bans in the state constitution have only failed once (Arizona in 2006). The marriage map has been updated!

Now, the four states are all pretty Democratic-leaning, and the votes were close, but between people getting more comfortable with it and the fact that the president and Democratic party endorsed it, I think the tide is turning towards same-sex marriage, and it’s turning quickly. In Maine just four years ago, voters rejected same-sex marriage 53-47%, and it looks like it passed this time by the same margin, which would be a 6 point swing!

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