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Election Recap: Big Wins For Marriage!


By Matt Baume

Updated at 3:30ET with new video

This election was a major milestone in the fight for marriage equality, with four states voting on the freedom to marry. We’ll take a look at the game-changing results, and what they mean for the next steps towards equality for gay and lesbian couples.

Here is an updated video from AFER’s Matt Baume:

Here’s the final tally:

We won in Maine.
We won in Minnesota.
We won in Maryland.
And Washington’s too close to call.

So there’s still some uncertainty about the final result. But while we wait for a resolution, there’s still plenty of cause for optimism because our momentum is still undeniable. Take a look at the trend in public support in all four states that voted.

So, what’s next? There’s still lots of work to do. The next major news will come from the US Supreme Court. They’re meeting on November 20 to decide whether to take multiple challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8.

That news will be just as big — if not bigger — than the election. Depending on how the court rules, we could be looking at marriage resuming in California in less than a month. That’s right: in less than a month, Prop 8 could be gone for good, and the freedom to marry could be restored for the first time since that brief window in the summer of 2008.

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We’re going to see some major developments in the fight for marriage over the next few weeks and months. This election is jut the beginning.



  • 1. PFLAG Friend  |  November 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    This article forgot to mention the embarrassingly lopsided loss for Andy Pugno, the catholic prop h8 author who was defeated (again) in his bid for an Assembly Seat. He loaned his campaign $100k. That amounts to about $9 per vote that he received.

  • 2. Doug  |  November 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

    PFLAG sadly he lost to a fellow republitard who is even more conservative.

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