Gays cheer as US voters say 'I do' to marriage equality
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Supporters of gay rights saw real progress on the horizon on Wednesday after the re-election of "ally-in-chief" Barack Obama and important gains for same-sex marriage in four states.
Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington approved marriage equality in referendums run in parallel with Tuesday's elections - the first time it has ever been approved at the ballot box in the United States. Those in Minnesota, meanwhile, rejected a proposal to ban gay marriage in the northern state's constitution.
"It's a proud day to be proudly out," said Zack Ford, editor of the LGBT section of ThinkProgress.org, a political blog affiliated with the liberal Center for American Progress think tank. "The momentum for marriage equality has never been stronger," added Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
"With poll after poll showing a growing majority of support, we have a renewed certainty that we will win this fight." Same-sex marriage is already legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.