I will wait to write a more comprehensive post on gay issues and the 2009 elections when we get final returns from Washington State where a measure to uphold the state’s Domestic Partnership program currently clings to a narrow lead. If that margin holds, the Evergreen State will be the first state where voters ratified a state law recognizing same-sex unions. In Arizona in 2006, voters rejected a sweeping measure which would have banned recognition of same-sex marriages as well as domestic partnerships.
The margin, in this socially liberal state, is way too close for comfort.
With 31 states having voted on gay marriage, Maine became the 31st to vote against it.
These results make clear that new leadership is needed in the gay movement. If the heads of the various gay organizations, including and especially those devoted to “marriage equality,” didn’t get the message last year after the passage of Proposition 8 in California, they should get it today after the passage of Question 1 in Maine.
UPDATE: To accent my point about the need for new leadership, take note of this tidbit. Question 1 passed in Maine
despite a massive outpouring of resources by gay rights groups. Gay marriage advocates spent an estimated $4 milion defending the law, while opponents reportedly spent about $2.5 million.