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Texas, USA: El Paso Voters Pass LGBT Protections Ordinance

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Texas mapThe long fight over domestic partner benefits in El Paso took another turn yesterday, as voters approved it and sent the only mayoral candidate who supported the measure into a runoff. The Dallas Voice reports:

Elsewhere, El Paso voters approved Proposition 7, which adds gay employees to to the nondiscrimination policy in employment and provision of benefits, the El Paso Times reports. Among other things, Prop 7 will allow the city to continue offering DP benefits. Only one of the city’s seven mayoral candidates, Steve Ortega, publicly supported Prop 7. Ortega advanced to a runoff against Oscar Leeser.

You may remember the fight that ensued after the city council first passed the domestic partners ordinance in 2009 – a voter repeal that unintentionally took rights away from grandparents too, a court battle, and now this. For the full history, click here to see our past articles on the subject.

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Maryland, USA: Gay Couple Invites “Yes” Voters to Their Wedding

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Chris and Shawn Riley, a gay couple from Elkridge, Maryland, have a lot of wedding invitations to send out: In the run-up to Question 6–the amendment that legalized marriage equality in the state–Chris posted a Reddit thread inviting anyone who voted for the measure to their nuptials next year.

“If gay marriage passes in Maryland, I will invite ANYONE that votes YES to my wedding ceremony!,” he wrote.

The Rileys were already married in a civil ceremony in DC in 2010, but decided to wait to have a traditional wedding until Maryland recognized same-sex marriages. “We came to the realization that we should not waste our time, energy, money, or emotions on a wedding here in a state that refuses to recognize our marriage in the first place,” Chris told Southern Maryland Online.

Authored By Dan Avery – See the Full Story at Queerty

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USA: LGBT Voters Essential to Obama Popular Vote Win

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

LGBT Voters Essential to President Obama's Popular Vote WinThe Human Rights Campaign has crunched some numbers about the impact of lesbian, gay, and bisexual voters (exit polls were not transgender-inclusive), and found that LGB voters may have made the difference that guaranteed President Obama won the popular vote.

According to the data, 76 percent of LGB voters supported the President Obama, accounting for 4,593,136 votes, significantly more than the margin by which Obama beat Mitt Romney in the popular vote (3,305,710).

Authored By Zack Ford – See the Full Story at Think Progress

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Maine, USA: Voters Who Have Reconsidered May Be Key for Marriage Equality Initiative

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Maine Voters Who Have Reconsidered May Be Key for Marriage Equality InitiativeBenjamin Hubley opposed the 2009 statewide referendum seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine. This time around, he’s voting in support of it.

A retired TV ad salesman, the 92-year-old Hubley said he’s slowly grown to accept the idea that people of the same sex should be allowed to marry. He’s among the voters that advocates are counting on to make gay marriage legal.

“I would say it isn’t a life-or-death issue with me, it was just gradual,” said Hubley, who lives in South Portland.

Authored By Clarke Canfield – See the Full Story at Boston.com

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USA: Marriage Equality Not An Issue for Voters in 2012 Election

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Marriage Equality and 2012 ElectionNew data from the Pew Research Center shows marriage equality ranks last among the top concerns of voters ahead of the 2012 elections. Support for LGBT equality is increasing and issues pertaining to the LGBT community are no longer a “wedge” for voters, representing a remarkable turnaround in the last 8 years.

The Pew poll is just the latest piece of evidence pointing to Americans’ broad support for equality. A 2011 Gallup poll found 53 percent of Americans support marriage equality; while a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll recently found that an astounding 85 percent of people of faith say their religious beliefs lead them to the conclusion that LGBT people should be treated equally under the law.

“Americans care about job creation and providing for their families. This latest data reinforces the fact that supporting LGBT equality is not a divisive wedge issue, but rather just common sense,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “Fair-minded people are increasingly aware that extending rights, benefits, and protections to their LGBT neighbors strengthens the communities they live and work in. To suggest otherwise is a strategy that will fail with voters.”

Full Story from Windy City

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WA: Attorney General/Gubernatorial Candidate Wants Voters to Decide on Marriage Equality

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Washington AG Wants Voters to Decide Marriage EqualityWashington Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is responding to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s (D) call for marriage equality by arguing that voters should decide if gay and lesbian people should be allowed to marry.

“This is an issue that every voter is capable of deciding, and they ought to decide it,” McKenna — who supports full legal rights for same-sex couples but says he is “struggling” with marriage — told The Olympian. “I think any change to the law that extends that (domestic partnership) civil rights law to include marriage ought to go to a vote of the people,” he said. “Everyone knows how they feel about it. [It] ought to go to a vote,” he added.

Full Story from Think Progress

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Will North Carolina Nix Marriage Equality Ban?

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

North Carolina Gay Marriage BanThe appalling decision by the North Carolina House and Senate to put the rights of a minority of people in the state up for a majority vote is done. Now voters will decide in May if bigotry will become part of the state constitution, a document that generally is changed to expand individual rights, not take them away.

And the term bigotry is the one that fits, despite protests from supporters of the anti-gay amendment and the Christian Right lobbying groups who coordinated the assault on human rights and who will lead the effort to convince the majority of North Carolinians to join their hate crusade.

Speakers at rallies and press conferences that were sponsored, attended and promoted by Republican legislative leaders said gay people are an abomination and are going to hell. One minister knocked two padlocks together in his bizarre version of an anatomy lesson.

Full Story from the Winston-Salem Journal

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NY: How Would Voters Really Vote on Marriage Equality?

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Opponents of gay marriage are furious at the attempt of Democrat New York politicians in 2011 to push through a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state. One of their biggest outcries has been that Democrat politicians are trying to take this issue out of the voters’ hands by choosing not to go the referendum route.

If legalizing gay marriage were to put the hands of New York voters, Republican and opponents of gay marriage are confident that New Yorkers would reject it.

But wait a minute. Don’t the polls show that more than half of New Yorkers support legalizing gay marriage? An often cited poll is the Quinnipiac poll, which most recently shows that 58 percent of New Yorkers favor it. However, this poll might not be an accurate predicator for a referendum vote.

Full Story from IBTimes.com

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Liechtenstein: Voters Approve Gay Partnership Registry

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Voters in Liechtenstein have overwhelmingly backed a new law giving gay and lesbian couples the right to formally register their partnership.

The government says 68.8 percent of voters approved the law in a binding referendum Sunday. About 31.2 percent voted against it.

Roman Catholic groups had challenged the law saying it would weaken traditional family ties.

Full Story from The Sacramento Bee

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MN: Could State Voters Be First to Reject Marriage Equality Ban?

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Minnesota Gay Marriage BanThe circumstances were familiar: emotional debate, hundreds of demonstrators, and a decision by legislators to ask voters if they want to amend their state constitution to ban marriages between residents of the same gender.

This time it was Minnesota, where House members voted 70-62 Saturday night to put the proposed amendment to a statewide popular vote next year. If it passes, the state would join 31 others that have approved similar measures.

But same-sex marriage advocates say they believe there’s a good chance, given changing attitudes toward gay unions, that voters in Minnesota could become the first to reject such an amendment.

Full Story from NPR

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