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Four for Four

Category: Gay Rights
Posted: 11/07/12 03:43, Edited: 11/07/12 03:45

by Dave Mindeman

Not only did the Constitutional Marriage amendment fail in Minnesota, but same sex marriage initiatives passed in 3 other states...Maine, Maryland, and Washington.

Can we please say that equality in marriage for gay couples has turned the corner and that this country can end another bastion of discrimination?

Marriage is NOT redefined. It is simply expanded. That is a good thing. I think our problem has always been an intense desire by social conservatives to make this a religious issue. It isn't.

Marriage, through the church, can be defined any way the church wants to....but to take any belief and lock it into a government mandate that forced everyone to take a civil right and make it mimic that belief, has overstepped conventional boundaries.

The LGBT community should savor a victorious moment but there is more work to do.

Now they have something to build on.

(Oh and by the way, we now have the first openly gay Senator from the state of Wisconsin -- how cool is that!)

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11/07/12 20:59

Yes, the Senate will now have it's first openly gay member, but the House will see some new faces (Barney Frank is gone but incumbent Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.) were re-elected. Joining them will be Sean Patrick Maloney, who?ll be the first openly gay congressman from New York; Mark Pocan, who?ll occupy the seat Baldwin held in the House; and Mark Takano, a California Democrat who?ll be the first openly gay person of color elected to Congresss.

In the race to represent Arizona?s 9th, with 98% of precincts reporting Kyrsten Sinema (47%) led her Republican opponent Vernon Parker (46%) by a single percentage point in the race. If elected, Sinema would be the first bisexual member of Congress.

Gay candidates who didn?t win were Republican Richard Tisei, who lost his bid to unseat pro-LGBT Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), and lesbian Democrat Nicole LaFavour, who lost her bid to unseat Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho).

Yes, DOMA needs to have a new vote ... there is a bill in the House with over 150 sponsors including Ellison, McCollum and Walz ... they should be encouraged to push a new bill next session.


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