Thursday, November 5, 2009

Election Roundup from November 3rd

We have been away for a few months, but now we are going to get back to regularly updating this blog.

There was a lot of LGBT news from Election Night around the country.

The biggest story of the night was that voters in Maine vetoed the marriage equality law. Politico had a thoughtful analysis of what went wrong. You can read it here.

But there were many bright spots:

Kalamazoo, Michigan voters chose to keep an existing ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT persons.

Annise Parker finished first in the Houston mayoral election, although she fell short of the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. If she wins the runoff election, Annise will be the city's first openly LGBT mayor.

Charles Pugh will become Detroit's first openly gay councilmember. He finished in first place and will also become the city council president.

Steve Kornell won his race for St. Petersburg City Council. Now St. Pete will be Florida's largest city with an openly gay councilmember.

Sandra Kurt overcame anti-gay attacks to become the first openly LGBT councilmember.

Mark Kleinschmidt was elected mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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