With about 87 percent of the precincts reporting, it appears that residents of Maine have exercised their people’s veto and shot down the same-sex marriage law passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor earlier this year.
The margin stands at 52.75 percent in favor of the repeal, and 47.25 percent against, with a gap of 27,729 votes. It doesn’t appear that the 13 percent of the precincts remaining to be counted could give those against the ballot measure enough to make up the difference.
In Washington, however, gays and their allies looking at a much brighter picture. In voting on whether to approve or reject the “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law passed there earlier this year, the votes for approval are leading, 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent.
The Secretary of State elections site notes that the totals were last updated at 12:27 a.m. PST – 2:27 CST, about 30 minutes ago – but the site does not say how many votes have yet to be counted.
In Houston, lesbian mayoral canidate Annise Parker secured a spot in the runoff by capturing about 30 percent of the vote in a four-way race. Her competitor in the runoff will be Gene Locke, who received about 25 percent of the vote.
And in more good news, voters in Kalamazoo, Mich., have approved an amendment to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to include LGBT people.