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By Adam Bink

Election Day across the country, though it matters in some states more than others. In Houston, out Mayor Anise Parker is expected to win re-election easily, though may have to face a run-off if she doesn’t exceed 50% of the vote. Also, the Houston Chronicle just pulled an endorsement over anti-gay ads in the race.

Other races I’m looking at are Erie County Executive back home in New York, Virginia State Senate, SB 5 in Ohio (collective bargaining), San Francisco Mayor (though incumbent Ed Lee is expected to win in a walk and out candidate Bevan Dufty to be well behind), the personhood initiative Mississippi, and various ballot propositions in California on parcel taxes and other props. And of course, the lovely Mylinda Mason running for school board in Modesto, warning of sturm und drang if California kids are allowed to learn about Billie Jean King, Bayard Rustin and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell come January.

What races are you watching?

Update: Thanks to Straight Dave in the comments for noting the critical Iowa State Senate race that could determine whether a vote will be held on a marriage amendment.

Update 2: Adam Ebbin becomes Virginia’s first openly gay state senator. Congrats to Adam!

Update 3: Equally huge, Mathis wins in Iowa! Marriage equality is safe for now.

Update 4: Annise Parker wins re-election in a walk.

Update 5: Personhood initiative in Mississippi goes down in flames, which in itself is really a testament to those who didn’t give up when this was written off by the media, organizations and conventional wisdomists. Being 20 points down with not much time to go to this kind of turnaround is remarkable.


  • 1. Straight Dave  |  November 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I'm watching Iowa Senate race

  • 2. Kathleen  |  November 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    You can find updated results with a widget from Linn County here:

    At present (8pm PST) with only 7.5% reported, the Dem Liz Mathis well ahead. But, obviously, this is a very small sample of voters so far.

  • 3. Ann S.  |  November 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Vote! Vote! Vote!

  • 4. Fluffyskunk  |  November 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Like a baby stoat!

  • 5. Robert McCann  |  November 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Absolutely, Dave! The Mathis/Golding election is by far the most important for lgbt community today! I'm amazed Adam didn't mention it!

  • 6. jpmassar  |  November 8, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Don't forget the election for town clerk in Ledyard, NY!

    No, I'm not kidding. The town clerk who refused to sign the same-sex marriage licenses is running against at least one opponent. Will she be ousted?

  • 7. jpmassar  |  November 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Here's a link

  • 8. Ann S.  |  November 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Thanks, JP, I'll be very interested to see what happens in Ledyard.

  • 9. Dee  |  November 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Bear in mind that her opponent had to run as a write-in.

  • 10. John_B_in_DC  |  November 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I believe her opponent is running as a write-in candidate.

  • 11. Straight Dave  |  November 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    She was reelected. So now she gets to remain a laughingstock while subjecting her town to ongoing legal action. While everyone continues to get married all around her.

  • 12. Seth from Maryland  |  November 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

    i been keeping eye on that iowa race, im starting to think we may be out of the woods for now , iowa polling is showing the democrat starting to pull away, but you never can take this forgranted, so please, people of Iowa get out to vote to protect equality

  • 13. Straight Dave  |  November 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Let me try my link again for the Iowa Senate race. I am told the (my) deletion problem is now fixed. We'll see.
    I note that Sagesse also called out this race in yesterday's quick htis.

  • 14. MichGuy  |  November 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    [BREAKING NEWS] Broward County Florida Passes Equal Benefits Ordinance
    Companies must treat domestic partners and married couples equally

  • 15. Gregory in SLC  |  November 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Poland Election – Transgender woman : D

  • 16. Gregory in SLC  |  November 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    open thread…too cute to believe….on Ellen
    [youtube 0gmmRUqgsg4&sns=fb youtube]

  • 17. Ronnie  |  November 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Trying to subscribe & share…. (will it post? crosses fingers)……


    Nation’s youngest gay mayor elected:

    Indianapolis gets its first gay city council member:

    Gay candidate beats anti-gay incumbent in Florida race:

    Va. elects first openly gay state senator:


  • 18. Sagesse  |  November 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    CNN Breaking News update.

    Mississippi voters rejected an amendment to the state constitution that defined life as beginning at the moment of conception, CNN projects based on reported results.

  • 19. Straight Dave  |  November 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    This is the only place I have found so far that has reasonable up to date election results. Doesn't look like they post partial returns, but wait for most of the precincts to report.
    In Iowa, Liz Mathis is the LGBT-friendly candidate hoping to maintain a Democratic majority in the Senate.

    If you've seen a better site, please let us all know

  • 20. Ronnie  |  November 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    More coming in…..


    Cincinnati elects first openly gay city councilmember:

    Traverse City, Mich. Votes to Keep Nondiscrimination Law:


  • 21. Mackenzie  |  November 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Liz Mathis (D) wins Iowa!

  • 22. Straight Dave  |  November 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    This is very good news because…
    To amend Iowa's constitution, 2 successive legislatures have to approve it, then the voters also must agree. That means after next year's election, it must be approved in 2013 and 2015. Four more years is an eternity. After 6 years of equality, I just can't see IA mustering up enough will to change things. They have come off my endangered list tonight. Yay!

  • 23. Dee  |  November 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Very true, although we still need to watch out for the next judicial retention votes there. Their governor will do all he can to replace the current judges with a bunch of fundamentalists, and then the ruling recognizing marriage equality is at risk.

  • 24. Barb  |  November 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    You can't just get rid of a ruling by stacking a court. There needs to be an actual case.

  • 25. Dee  |  November 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Absolutely. I assume they're stacking the court so that they can put forward a case when the timing is right, not just because they don't like the judges there now. All they need is for a clerk to file a suit saying he doesn't think he should have to issue licenses.

  • 26. Straight Dave  |  November 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    The court retention challenges were largely driven from the outside by NOM, etc. They weren't targeting Iowa, per se, but trying to send a message to other states who might now think twice if they found themselves in the same position.

    …. and just to be badasses and take their pound of flesh because they were so pissed and shocked at Iowa of all places.

  • 27. Straight Dave  |  November 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Yeah, you're right to pay attention to the courts, but IA has a strong candidate screening system that constrains the Governor's choices to some degree. I had the vague impression that one of the recent SC replacements was the judge who issued the first equality ruling at county or district level. Is this the same Gov who made that appointment?

    PS: I think all judicial retention schemes are fundamentally broken, by definition.

  • 28. Dee  |  November 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Yes, I think you're right. And Iowa's probably safe. I hope Mike Gronstal gets a statue someday… we owe a lot to him.

  • 29. Nyx  |  November 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I don't have the answer to your question Straight Dave but I do know that the Chief Justice who was voted off the court was placed there by the current Republican Governor. But unfortunately that was when he was considered a moderate. Since then it seems he has been forced to the right by the TeaNuts.

  • 30. Adam Bink  |  November 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Some updates above, folks.

  • 31. Ronnie  |  November 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!… Liz Mathis wins!!!!!.. What is that sound? This is the sweet sweet sound of NOM et al's flooded money going down the drain… "smiling" is not a big enough word.. I am BEAMING!!!!… : ) …Ronnie

  • 32. Dee  |  November 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Mylinda Mason in 4th in Modesto, almost 50% reporting. Top 3 are elected. If she loses too, we did real well tonight.

  • 33. Dee  |  November 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    And now she's in 5th. Hooray, Modesto!

  • 34. Tony Douglass in Ca  |  November 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Soooo glad to see her defeated!!! I don't have any kids, but I would have hated to see her in any position of power!

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