We Win the Jackpot! Maryland, Maine, Iowa, Washington State, Minnesota
If tonight proves anything, it’s that American voters have definitely, decidedly and determinedly rejected the religious right on the subject of same-sex marriage.
Adding to the big victory in Maine, where voters reversed themselves and approved same-sex marriage was the vote in Maryland.
The Free State’s Democratic (and practicing Roman Catholic) governor, Martin O’Malley, had taken a determined stand on the issue. He helped pull it through the State Legislature in Annapolis, but anti-gay groups forced the issue on the ballot.
Several black pastors came out against same-sex marriage. The controversy even reached into the National Football League. When one black state legislator rebuked a player for the Baltimore Ravens, he was slapped down in the media, social media and just about everywhere else before he beat a hasty retreat.
Now, the Washington Post has called the vote for marriage equality. This marks the southernmost state (not counting the neighboring District of Columbia) to approve of same-sex marriage.
"It takes away the talking points that anti-marriage activists use day in and day out: that this issue can’t win at the ballot box," Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Coalition, told the Post.
Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, fought hard for his side here and in Maryland. But instead of conceding that the electorate nationally has changed, he blamed parochial politics.
"The big difference is that we are in four deep-blue states," he told the Post.
Mirroring what apparently happened in Maine, the densely populated suburban and relatively well-off Montgomery County went heavily for the measure, countering more conservative rural areas. Neither the Post nor the Baltimore Sun gave reports on the vote in Baltimore, by far the state’s largest city.