In addition to Minnesota, you’ve heard me talk about Maine, Maryland and Washington throughout the past year. Well, I’m happy to officially report that Washington State has finally been called: Washingtonians have stood for equality and voted in favor of same-sex marriage!
That means that each of the four states that voted on marriage equality on Tuesday took a stand on the right side of history!
Here’s a great graphic from TheFour.com that currently graces my Facebook Profile!
Congratulations to all of my friends in Maine, Maryland, Washington and of course, Minnesota.
Here’s a quick update on the four states voting on marriage equality:
Maryland (4% reporting)
Maine (4.8% reporting):
Minnesota* (3% reporting):
Polls still open
*Reminder, a NO vote in Minnesota keeps an anti-marriage amendment out of our constitution. Maryland and Maine are voting for same-sex marriage, so a yes there is a good thing.
Frank Schubert has been busy in Minnesota, Maine, Maryland and Washington this election season. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has been pouring out-of-state money into each of these races to help fund ads filled with scare tactics and misleading information to trick people into voting against equality.
If you have any doubt, take a look at this fantastic video that TheFour put together in which they compare the commercials currently running in each of the four states that have marriage initiatives on the ballot.
While each commercial has their state-specific organization stamped on the screen, the fact that each commercial is identical highlights an organized effort at the national level to stop marriage equality.
The commercials use the same messaging that has worked so well for Schubert in other states like California where voters elected to limit the rights of committed same-sex couples.
Minnesota, Maine, Maryland and Washington, let’s send Schubert a strong message: Your scare tactics are outdated and voters are smart enough to see through your twisting of the truth.
Oh, and take your money and mean-spirited commercials elsewhere. In Minnesota, we believe in the Golden Rule.
In Minnesota, we Vote No.
Disclaimer: The post I am about to share includes some rough language. Some have argued that Kluwe’s language “sets our movement back,” however, I don’t necessarily agree with those views. Kluwe has clearly chosen each and every word and it is clear that he is very authentic in his letter.
In August, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo spoke out in favor of the Maryland ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage. State delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. didn’t think this was appropriate. In fact, he wrote a letter to the owner of the Baltimore Ravens expressing this dissatisfaction: “I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football Franchise Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employee…”
Late last week, deadspin published a letter written by Minnesota Vikings punter, Chris Kluwe in response to Burns’ letter. Kluwe makes it very clear (with the language to prove it) that Burns is out of touch. The letter opens:
I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level.
Kluwe goes on to outline, “in great detail,” how Burns’ views neglect the rights of American citizens. Here’s a small excerpt:
As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should “inhibit such expressions from your employees,” more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain.
If you’re looking for a good read (and can stomach some swearing), Kluwe’s letter is a must read.
It concludes with a post script:
P.S. I’ve also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your “I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing” and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. Asshole.
It’s sad to me that anyone would think that it’s OK to put up the rights of a minority to a popular vote… We have children, we have lives, we have jobs and we just want to go about them with integrity.Lisa Polyak, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Equality Maryland
Polyak’s response to the referendum petition being proposed in Maryland which would put marriage equality up for a vote.
Another historic day in our Nation’s history. Maryland becomes the 8th state to legalize gay marriage with Governor Martin O’Malley’s signature!
While our opponents may fight this win, your choice today will be remembered when we look back at the history of the gay rights movement down the road.
Not long after the Maryland Senate joined the Maryland House in passing a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state, opponents have already drafted language for a referendum petition that would put the measure up to vote this November.
The process is started and really the goal is to make sure the citizens of Maryland can vote on this very important bill…
Delegate Neil Parrott
All eyes will be on Maryland this coming week when Martin O’Malley is expected to sign the bill into law. More to come in Maryland!
This past Thursday, CNN reported on the Maryland Senate’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage in that state. Governor Martin O’Malley has already pledged to sign the bill into law when it hits his desk. Could Maryland become the 8th state in the Nation to allow same-sex marriage? Stay tuned to find out!
A great article from the Washington Post describing how the Maryland House passed a same-sex marriage bill – but just barely. As part of a “Plan B” measure, a civil unions bill was on the table for a short time. However, fortunately, the Maryland House came through and passed the bill this past Friday (2/17/12).
Friday’s tally would have fallen short without at least one Republican vote as well. After weeks of outreach, O’Malley got two: Robert A. Costa of Anne Arundel County and A. Wade Kach of Baltimore County.
You may recall that yesterday I posted a link to a news story on how it was reported that Dick Cheney may have been one of the influencers of a certain Mr. Kach. Interesting to watch this all unfold.
The bill will go to the Senate next week and it is expected to pass there as a similar measure was passed by the senate last year.
On Friday, there were several articles about Dick Cheney reaching out to GOP legislators in Maryland encouraging them to support the same-sex marriage bill that is currently making its way through the political system there.
Wade Kach, a Republican legislator from Baltimore County, told The Baltimore Sun he received an offer to talk with Cheney, whom Kach regards as a “great man,” along with messages of support for the bill from other party bigwigs, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman.
One of my co-workers texted me on Friday and said, “Hey, if Dick Cheney can do it…” Thanks, Mr. Cheney. While we may not see eye to eye on every issue, your support here is much appreciated.
Happy Valentines Day, lovers!
A joint panel of the Maryland legislature approved on Valentines’s Day a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, adding to national momentum for gay nuptials following advances in California, New Jersey and Washington state over the last week.
The Maryland Senate is expected to consider the measure as early as Friday. Here’s to keeping the momentum going!