Marriage Equality Victories in 4 States Mean Hate & Bigotry Lost Big in America

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marriage equalityLast night, voters sent a message: It is time to move FORWARD! In addition to the re-election of President Barack Obama and election of the first openly gay Senator, Wisconsin candidate Tammy Baldwin, voters in four states -- Maine, Maryland, Washington, and Minnesota -- took major steps toward legalizing same-sex marriage. Overall, the results are not only a fantastic win for human rights but a reflection of just how much progress we've made and we will hopefully continue to make.

Here, the low down on all of the key victories for fairness, equality, and love ...

Maine - 53 percent of voters said "yes" to legalize same-sex marriage. Now, fingers are crossed Pine Tree State has no trouble sticking with this move! (After all, the legislature passed a bill allowing marriage equality back in '06, but voters overturned it in '09.) The good news: By December, same-sex couples in Maine can get marriage licenses. Woowoo!!

Maryland - Although those close to the vote are saying it was a close call and passed with a very slim margin, Maryland became the first state below the Mason-Dixon line to approve same-sex marriage. 51.9 percent of voters said "yes!" to equality.

Washington - In addition to OK'ing recreational pot last night, voters had their say on a bill legislators had already approved -- which would legalize same-sex marriage in Washington State -- but opponents pushed to make it a question on the ballot. The vote is currently inconclusive, due to a high number of mail-in ballots, but early results are leaning toward a victory!

Minnesota - When asked if they should approve a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage by defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, 51 percent of voters in the Midwestern state said "NO!" And local advocates are pumping themselves up for another fight anticipated to come in January, according to The Duluth News Tribune: To officially legalize same-sex marriage.

All in all, this was undoubtedly an election year to remember. As Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a 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.

Hooray!!! And, ha, guess this means Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting muuuuuch closer to finally tying the knot.

How do you feel about these marriage equality victories?!

 

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Flori... Floridamom96

Disagreement is neither hate nor bigotry. Calling those who disagree with you hateful and bigoted, however, is both.

pezch... pezcharlotte

When it comes to civil rights issues, yes it is hate. And yes this is a civil rights issue.

nonmember avatar Christie

I live in MD and I proudly voted for marriage equality last night!!! I am so happy that this was put through! I live in a fairly conservative area so I was concerned that hate would win out. I am so glad that there are more of us open-minded accepting people out there than closed-minded people. Congrats to everyone who worked so hard to make sure that people knew what really comes with this change. This does not mean that any pastor/priest/church will ever have to marry a same-sex couple, but any that choose to finally can. I am proud to say I voted for this and this will be something I can tell my children about when they are older.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

This was about the only good news I received last night!

tbruc... tbrucemom

This is not a civil rights issue. Gay people are not being denied employment, housing, an educationm common decency or anything else the civil rights movement was about. It's about someone having a difference of opinion as to the definition of marriage.

jkm89 jkm89

Floridamom, disagree all you want but the people have spoken!



I'm a proud Washingtonian today! Happy to be among people who realize that everyone deserves equal rights!

nonmember avatar amanda

Having someone else decide who you can and cannot marry is absolutely a civil right issue. I do believe interracial marriage was an issue that had to be fought for.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

i'm delighted for the people of those states, it's a huge step forward for marriage equality!! And tbrucemom it is a civil rights issue, marriage affords a lot of right to your spouse, rights which homosexual individuals are being denied. 

Nunya... NunyaBizness

Agreed, pezcharlotte and jkm89. The country is moving forward socially, floridamom. Get on board or you will be left behind. Your grandchildren will be as ashamed of your bigotry toward gay people as those who are ashamed of their racist grandparents.

Flori... Floridamom96

Thank goodness that republican guy didn't get elected. He and his supporters are so hateful and bigoted. They're constantly calling those who disagree with them hateful bigots and trying to shut them up. Now the country can move forward, united by kindness, civility, and true leadership.

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