- "In Maine and Maryland, voters approved ballot initiatives to begin allowing same-sex unions. And
- in Minnesota voters declined to back an initiative that would enshrine in the state’s constitution a definition of marriage permitting only a union between a man and woman.
Washington state, where voters also weighed an initiative to legalize
gay marriage, the vote count was expected to stretch on for days. [Reading elsewhere, the vote for was apparently leading]
- in Wisconsin, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, defeated the four-time governor, Tommy Thompson, for a seat in the U.S. Senate. She will be the first openly gay senator in the nation’s history."
I sort of wish that voting required a clear majority one way or the other, and that there could be a period of extended discussion after close votes to help reach consensus. I suppose no one wants to spend the time or money for that, though.