Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Morning Sweep

As yesterday's election results still pour in, same-sex marriage advocates react with grief and anger over the loss in Maine.

Numbers are still too close to call on Washington's domestic partner benefits, but seem narrowly in favor of passing the measure.

Good news out of Kalamazoo, MI -- the city has voted to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its non-discrimination policy.

In other results, Michael Bloomberg, a supporter of marriage for same-sex couples, has won a third term as mayor of New York City. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, a marriage supporter, has also lost to Republican challenger Chris Christie.

Activists in New York celebrate a win in the 23rd Congressional District, where Democrat Bill Owens has defeated Republican Douglas Hoffman in a district that has had Republican representation for over a century. The win repudiates claims that marriage was a wedge issue for voters in this district.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday that it's 2006 ban of marriage for same-sex couples and civil unions was unconstitutional. The court is expected to rule on the issue by next summer.

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