While the setback for marriage equality in Maine was disappointing (as is the very prospect of putting our civil-rights up for a vote) there are, nevertheless, still some very good things to report about the elections last Tuesday. The Associated Press and other news outlets are finally calling the race in Washington State over and Ref. 71 has been approved! The referendum will grant gay and lesbian couples certain state-provided benefits that married heterosexual couples enjoy.
In Kalamazoo, Michigan, voters approved an ordinance that extends anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals.