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Minnesota Voters Reject Amendment Banning Gay Marriage; Washington's R-74 Likely to Pass

We won 4 out of 4

MNMinnesota voters yesterday rejected a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage:

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, amendment supporters had garnered 1,374,189 votes, or 48 percent. That was short of the 50 percent or greater total needed to approve the amendment.

"No" votes stood at 1,479,829, or 51 percent. Blank ballots - which equaled a "no" vote - totaled 33,876, or about 1 percent.

According to exit poll data, the marriage ban was opposed by a majority of women and backed by a majority of men. Votes were also divided by age, with voters under 50 against it by a substantial majority and those over 50 strongly in favor. Seven in 10 voters who attend religious services, and four in five born-again or evangelical voters supported it. The vote also split by party lines: three in four Democrats said they voted against it, and three in four Republicans backed it.

WAAnd Washington's Referendum 74 looks likely to pass, though final word has not yet been given. With 1,887,094 votes counted, 52% approve to 48% oppose.

The holdup was King County, which still had tons of ballots 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.

This was an election night that LGBT equality has never seen. For the first time ever, measures on marriage equality succeeded at the ballot.

With the Maryland and Maine wins this was unprecedented.

NOM, who can no longer say we've "lost every time" when same-sex marriage measures have been put before voters, must by crying into their Cheerios this morning. They are finished.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen - all the folks on the campaigns out there and everyone who supported them.

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  1. Maggie's gonna be diving into a couple of buckets of kfc to drown her sorrows. Her crony Brian will be cruising the rest stops with all those other closet cases .

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 7, 2012 11:43:30 AM

  2. I'd just like to mention that the PPP polls were deadly accurate. What a fantastic night for civil rights.

    Posted by: Bruno | Nov 7, 2012 11:52:26 AM

  3. Don't know if anyone else mentioned this but it also appears the Democrats will take back control of the Minnesota legislature! Given the clear rejection of the amendment, I hope we get a bill next year legalizing same sex marriage in Minnesota.

    Posted by: Ken | Nov 7, 2012 12:00:18 PM

  4. Congratulations! I'm pretty sure this is a first not just within the USA, but around the world, right? I don't think marriage equality has even been put to non-binding referenda anywhere else. Does someone know?

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 7, 2012 12:47:22 PM

  5. I hate to disagree with Andy's assessment of NOM where he wrote, "They are finished," but that is a bad assumption to make - NOM will be causing trouble as long as it has enough of a budget to keep Maggie fed and clothed.

    I do think the votes show that we are very close to the point where public opinion will start to accelerate in a favorable direction - as the string of failures for NOM et al. increase, those organizations will have more and more trouble attracting funding, so we'll see less anti-gay propaganda being widely disseminated. But they are not finished - they will continue to be a nuisance.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 7, 2012 8:45:20 PM

  6. @Randy:

    Registered partnerships have been put to referenda in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The 2005 Swiss referendum was won with 58 % of the votes, and the 2011 Liechtenstein referendum was won with 69 % of the votes.

    Federal-level marriage equality or its equivalent has still not been put to a referendum anywhere; because of DOMA, same-sex married couples in Maine, Maryland and Washington won't enjoy the same rights as their different-sex counterparts.

    By the way, this is not the first time marriage equality comes to Washington. The Washington-based Suquamish Tribe legalized same-sex marriage in 2011.

    Posted by: Luke | Nov 7, 2012 9:22:05 PM

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