As you all know, the GLBT community faced three important elections yesterday: marriage equality in Maine, domestic partner benefits in Washington State, and a non-discrimination ordinance in Kalamazoo, MI.
The results were mixed, but we do have some positive news to report.
Kalamazoo voters passed Ordinance 1856, which gives all people in Kalamazoo, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the chance to live without fear of being fired or denied housing or access to public accommodations.
In Washington State, we are optimistic that once all the votes are counted, Referendum 71 will be approved. Ref 71 would expand the state's domestic partner benefits to include all state-level rights and benefits that married couples have.
The most disappointing news comes from Maine, where voters chose to repeal same-sex marriage. The results where close, and our friends at No on 1, the group that fought tirelessly to persuade voters to keep the marriage laws in tact, waged a hard-fought campaign. Our hearts go out to those in Maine affected by these results, as well as to all the people who worked so hard on the ground to try and stop this measure from passing.
Our work will continue, and we will take pride from the results that did go our way. Thanks to all of our supporters who did their part, whether by voting, donating time or money to the election, or calling friends and family in the states holding elections. We appreciate your hard work!