Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Marriage votes mark ‘watershed’ moment for LGBT equality

Even the most jaded political pundits were stunned by the four stunning victories for marriage equality on the ballot Tuesday.
In an unprecedented vote, Minnesota became the first state to reject a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Maine became the first state to approve a pro-active measure to allow same-sex marriage. And voters in Washington State and Maryland became the first to approve bills passed in their respective legislatures to provide for marriage equality.
And to top it off, the one Iowa justice targeted by anti-gay marriage activists hoping to unseat him during his routine retention vote, held onto his seat.
Fox News commentator Juan Williams called the four votes a “watershed moment” for the marriage equality movement in the United States. Prior to Tuesday, voters in 32 states have passed bans on same-sex marriage.
The votes add Maryland, Maine, and Washington to the list of six states and the District of Columbia that allow same-sex marriage.

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