A Big Night for Gay Marriage—and for Equality

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A Big Night for Gay Marriage—and for Equality

The Stranger

Tuesday was a historic night for equality.

Voters in Maine and Maryland approved same-sex marriage at the ballot box, ending a long losing streak for supporters of marriage equality. In Minnesota, a proposed amendment that would ban same-sex marriage was trailing at the end of election night—just barely, and with thousands of ballots yet to be counted from liberal Minneapolis.

And in Washington State, Referendum 74—which, if approved by voters, would legalize same-sex marriage—was passing with nearly 52 percent of the vote on election night.

Still, leading advocates of marriage equality were being cautious. “Returns aren’t finished,” said state senator Ed Murray (D-43). “But we have a lot to celebrate tonight.” Murray deliberately stopped short of declaring victory on election night, but he told a cheering crowd at the Westin Hotel: “You have sent a message of hope across this state.”

Murray’s legislative colleague, state representative Jamie Pedersen (D-43), was similarly noncommittal. “The next generation of kids is going to grow up knowing they have the full support of their government,” he said, without saying that this full support had now arrived in Washington State.

The holdup was King County, which still had tens of thousands of ballots left to count. Still, with 65 percent of King County voters approving R-74 in the initial count, and that trend likely to continue through the full count, seasoned political watchers were predicting victory. “Fifty-two percent, with King County what it is—it’s still time to call Washington State for marriage equality,” said Governor Chris Gregoire.

Similarly, Matt Barreto, who runs the Washington Poll, projected that R-74 would be approved and added that he expected Jay Inslee to be the next governor. “King County delivered both,” Barreto said.

Gregoire, who had a late-career conversion on marriage equality, called her daughters up to the podium at the Westin and thanked them for changing her mind. “They told me, ‘This is the civil rights issue of this generation,’” Gregoire said. “They’re right.” recommended


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Sorry for the late entry! Congratulations on Ref 74 passing!!!
Basic rights for ANYBODY shouldn't "have" to be voted on---ever!
I'm SO glad we got past all the Repigs and hate-mongers this election---in oh, so many ways!!!

Hmmm....although I DO find the thought of the most vile and corrupt members of the 1% suddenly fighting for THEIR rights somewhat amusing.....
Posted by auntie grizelda on November 13, 2012 at 6:21 PM · Report this
@23, I may be wrong, bit I think they will probably now be considered already legally married in Washington. You don't need to marry in a state or even a country for your marriage to be legal there.
Posted by cockyballsup on November 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM · Report this
One small step for civil rights, one giant leap for man kind :D

Washington, Congratulations!!
Posted by Are you Kidding me?! on November 9, 2012 at 2:36 AM · Report this
Garfield county is voting over 70% against r-74. Marrriage licenses can be issued by any county. I may need to drive 300 miles to apply for a marriage license.
Posted by dobergo on November 8, 2012 at 8:23 PM · Report this
An interesting upshot of all this: I wonder if now LGBT Americans will be able to marry a foreign national in Washington state and make them a U.S. citizen? I think yes, once DOMA goes down.
Posted by gypsysattva on November 8, 2012 at 6:24 PM · Report this
What an awesome time to be a citizen! I'm super proud of everyone who not only did their duty by voting, but also did whatever was in their power to make marriage equality a scorching hot issue state (and nation) wide. Kudos! Cheers!
I had a fantastic night at the Showbox election party with my wife and our girlfriend, although we couldn't help feeling a little left out- that a truer definition of 'marriage equality' would respect the concept of polyfidelity as well. General question for the group: How many folks -especially within the LGBT community (with whom 2 out of the 3 of us identify)- would theoretically support the 'equality' of our triad?
Too soon?
Posted by gypsysattva on November 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM · Report this
Mrs Jarvie 24
I am so happy for you Washington! I cry tears of joy.
Posted by Mrs Jarvie on November 8, 2012 at 5:07 PM · Report this
DameKitten 23
Dan...when will you be marrying your husband-in-Canada, boyfriend-in-America, and making an honest man of him?

I think, once the results are certified and R74 is confirmed as having passed, we should throw a massive duck-themed celebration, and have Garfunkel and Oates play Sex With Ducks.

Ducks. Yeah, ducks.
Posted by DameKitten on November 8, 2012 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Sara Long 22
I echo the other straight allies who are embarrassed at both the suggestion that we deserve something special and that our country is still so backwards on gay rights. I did what I could and wish desperately I could've done more. I knew I couldn't live with myself if we failed and I hadn't done everything I could possibly justify getting out and doing these past six months.
Posted by Sara Long on November 7, 2012 at 11:48 PM · Report this
Aww... Dan! You edited all the "dadgumit!"s out of Gregoire's quotes, dadgumyou.
Posted by pheeeew!crack!boom! on November 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM · Report this
I wish we could have been the first to approve it.
Posted by buttmonkey on November 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM · Report this
Equality rules! Congratulations, Dan, and all humans everywhere.

You deserve a lot of the credit, Dan. Bravo!
Posted by Chakolate on November 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM · Report this
Corylea 18
Shortly after Massachusetts legalized gay marriage, I went to the wedding of two lesbians. A year later, they had to move to Maryland for the job of one of them, and they were very sad to leave a place where they were legally married for a place where they were not.

And now they're married again! Way to go, Maryland!

Posted by Corylea on November 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM · Report this
Good for you, Washingtonians! Oregon has a long way to go before it enters the 21st Century.
Posted by david_42 on November 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM · Report this
@7 Do you mean butt-fucking for gay men, straight couples, or both? And do lesbians get in on the action if they use strap-ons?
Posted by Lorran on November 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
@7 lol
Posted by EricaP on November 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM · Report this
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Posted by Canadian Nurse on November 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM · Report this
Also, we knocked down our Voter I.D. ammendment too!! I'm really proud to live in Minnesota today!! (except for that prevailing wench Bachmann)
Posted by wigfield84 on November 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Congrats to Washington, Maine, and Maryland!!! I'm so happy for you! Also, I'm from Minnesota and a volunteer with our Vote No campaign. We were told over and over again that the ammendment may come down to only a few hundred votes..... well we ended up striking it down by over 100,000 votes (not including the one's left blank that automatically are counted as "no votes"). That, and we still are counting some votes in, as Dan said, liberal Minneapolis. This turned out so much better than I could ever have hoped. Freedom To Marry's offshoot in our state, Minnesotans United For All Families, worked so unbelievably hard and did EXTRORDINARY work. You couldn't imagine how well put together they were, and it paid off!

The big four did it!!! :D
Posted by wigfield84 on November 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 11
@5 You forgot Pakistan ;->
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
Last night was an amazing night for the LBGT community and the country. I'm so happy, Dan, for you and your family.

I live in CA, unfortunately. Wow, I never thought I'd say that regarding LGBT rights.
Posted by Nate on November 7, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
I'm unbelievably happy for Washington and can't wait to hear Dan's new description of Terry :) As the kid of two lesbians I'm extra happy for DJ and can't wait till my moms can marry too (I'm in MI). Yay!!!
Posted by writesMLE on November 7, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Thank you Washington voters. It was well worth the 41 year wait.
Posted by PaulBarwick on November 7, 2012 at 8:50 AM · Report this
The war for civil rights is not over! Until buttfucking is legal in Volunteer Park there will be no JUSTICE!!!!
Posted by Stranger'sWorstNightmare on November 7, 2012 at 8:30 AM · Report this
Congratulations Washingtonians, this Oregonian is very happy for you all. Viva Cascade!!!
Posted by mpeasee on November 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM · Report this
A special message to the troll: you're being washed out to sea with all the rest of the flotsam. Please make a note of it. I wish you the best of luck, which I guess for you would be fetching up on the shores of Saudi Arabia or Iran.
Posted by Lew Zing on November 7, 2012 at 8:04 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 4
"...a More Perfect Union."
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on November 7, 2012 at 7:35 AM · Report this
I am so happy that now every state (and District)where I have lived (Connecticut, DC, and now Maryland) is on the right side of history.
Posted by SerialCarpins on November 7, 2012 at 7:02 AM · Report this
It was a closer vote than I'd hoped it would be in WA, but this was still the most awesome day yet for equality.
Posted by flang on November 7, 2012 at 5:57 AM · Report this
carlockl1986 1
that makes me so happy. Of all the things on the ballot this year equal rights is the most important. how can we be american and not support the rights of our citizens to marry as they see fit.
Posted by carlockl1986 on November 7, 2012 at 3:14 AM · Report this

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