election day!
Mood: unsure
Posted on 2009-11-03 08:36:00
Tags: gay politics
Words: 148

Not much in Austin is that interesting (but go vote if you haven't already, blah blah blah) - there are a handful of races throughout the country, but the big ones for me are in Maine and Washington.

In Maine, same-sex marriage is being put to a vote (after the legislature passed it and governor signed it, it was put on the ballot by a "people's veto"), and in Washington state the same thing is happening with domestic partnerships. Nate Silver thinks keeping same-sex marriage is favored by a little bit in Maine, but the truth is that same-sex marriage has never won when put up to a vote (although domestic partnerships have never lost when put to a vote...interesting, no?) so a victory in Maine would be huuuuge. Really hoping to turn Maine dark green on the marriage map (and turn Washington, um, slightly darker green!) - here's hoping!


Comment from abstractseaweed:

I'm also watching Houston's mayoral race. If Parker wins she'll be the first gay mayor of a major city, which is progress in its own way. She also happens to be a Rice graduate, which would make her the first Houston mayor from Rice in a half-century. Recent polls have suggested a December runoff before her and Brown.

Comment from gregstoll:

Wow, cool! I haven't been following Houston's race at all...maybe I should have been.

Comment from spamchang:

I voted! Definitely YES for Prop 4...Texas needs more Tier 1 schools for sure. I'd like to see us overtake California as having the best university system in the next decade or so.

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