Waymon Hudson

Election Night Results Open Thread: Maine, WA State, Kalamazoo & Beyond

Filed By Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2009 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Anise Parker, Election Night, election results, Houston, Kalamazoo, Maine, Maine question 1, New Jersey, Ordinance 1856, Referendum 71, Virginia, Washington

Tonight is a big night for LGBT rights and issues- Marriage Equality in Maine, Relationship Recognition in Washington State, and a Human Rights Ordinance in Kalamazoo. vote_equality.jpgAdd that to the openly gay candidates (Annise Parker in Houston) and races that effect our movement (the New Jersey Governor's Race), and you have a busy night for all things LGBT.

We're going to use this open thread to update election results, talk about the races, follow everything that matters to you. Jump in the comments, add the races you're watching, and give your commentary throughout the evening!

We'll be updating this post all night as results trickle in!

Maine Question 1 Results: 84% Reporting
NO (yay!): 47.4%
Yes (boo!): 52.6% *Winner-UGH*

The Associated Press has declared Yes On 1 the victor. We lost. A recount is expected.

Campaign Statement after the jump.

Washington State Referendum 71 Results: 100% Reporting
Approve (yay!): 51% *Winner*
Reject (boo!): 49%

We won Washington State. LGBT residents keep domestic partner benefits.

Kalamazoo Ordinance 1856 Results:


Yes (yay!): 65% *Winner!!*
No (boo!): 35%

More races (NJ, VA, Houston, St Pete FL, Chapel NC, & more!) and results as they come in after the jump!

New Jersey Governor's Race: (99% reporting)
Christie (R): 49.0% *Winner*
Corzine (D): 44.4
Daggett (I): 5.7

Virginia Governor's Race: (94% Reporting)
McDonnell (R): 58.7% *Winner*
Deeds (D): 41.3%

Houston Mayor's Race: 92% Reporting
Annise Parker (Openly Lesbian): 30.5% *Run-Off*
Gene Locke: 25.6% *Run-Off*
Peter Brown: 22.6%

Detroit City Council
Charles Pugh- 1st openly gay councilmember! *Winner*
Comes in first, becomes president of city council

ST. Petersburg, FL Council Member: 115 of 115 Precincts Reporting
Steve Kornell- 1st openly gay councilmember: 59.49% *Winner*
Angela Rouson: 40.51%

Salt Lake City Council, Utah
Stan Penfold- 1st openly gay councilmember! *Winner*

Canton Board of Education, Ohio
Eric Resnick - becomes the area's 1st openly gay elected official 50.10% *Winner*

Mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina: 21 of 21 Precincts Reporting
Mark Kleinschmidt (Openly Gay): 49.49%
Augustus Cho: 2.68%
Matt Czajkowski: 46.53%
Kevin Wolff: 1.16%

Akron, Ohio City Council
Sandra Kurt- 1st openly Lesbian councilmember *Winner*

Maplewood, Minn., City Council
James Llanas- 1st openly gay councilmember *Winner*

Georgia House District 58: 100% reporting
Simone Bell, could be first black lesbian in Ga. legislature: 23.6 % *Run-Off*
Asha F. Jackson: 26.75% *Run-Off*

Kalamazoo, MI City Commission
Terry Kuseske, 1st openly gay candidate in Kalamazoo and author of Ordinance 1856 *Winner*

Add the races you are watching, your predictions, new results numbers and links, and your thoughts in the comments below!

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey invites people to vote No on 1 as she prepares to join hundreds of canvassers in South Portland, Maine, to get out the vote.



Kalamazoo residents approve nondiscrimination ordinance

"Our campaign started with a very basic idea, and today voters confirmed that we are One Kalamazoo," said Campaign Manager, Jon Hoadley.

With only absentee ballots outstanding, 65 percent of Kalamazoo voters have approved Ordinance 1856 by a vote of 6,463 to 3,527, adding protections for gay and transgender people to the city's nondiscrimination ordinance. This margin is larger than the number of outstanding absentee ballots that are currently being counted.

"I am elated with the outcome of the election," says Yes on Ordinance 1856/One Kalamazoo Steering Committee member and local resident Janice Brown. "This vote reinforces what our campaign set out to prove - that our fellow residents of Kalamazoo share the belief that all people should be treated fairly and equally, including gay and transgender people."

The outcome of today's vote confirmed that all hardworking people in Kalamazoo should have the chance to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families without fear of being fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance.

"Kalamazoo is a great place to live and the passage of Ordinance 1856 makes the city an even better place," says local resident Rev. Matt Laney, Pastor of the First Congregational Church. "I am proud to live in a city that recognizes that all people deserve fairness and respect."

The Yes on 1856/ One Kalamazoo campaign in support of the nondiscrimination ordinance involved hundreds of local volunteers and contributors, and had the endorsement of over 30 local religious, social, business, and political organization. The campaign would like to thank the Kalamazoo community for asserting their belief in the inherent equality of all Kalamazoo residents, and the countless volunteers for their hard work and dedication in recent months - and in some case, years - to ensure the passage of the ordinance.



Tonight, hundreds of thousands of Maine voters stood for equality, but in the end, it wasn't enough.

I am proud of the thousands of Mainers who knocked on doors, made phone calls and talked to their family, friends and neighbors about the basic premise of treating all Maine families equally.

And I'm proud of this campaign because the stories we told and the images we shared were of real Mainers -- parents who stood up for their children, and couples who simply wanted to marry the person they love.

We're in this for the long haul. For next week, and next month, and next year-- until all Maine families are treated equally. Because in the end, this has always been about love and family and that will always be something worth fighting for.

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I am ardently focused on the Maine results because I will consider a gay victory as a vote of no-confidence in the Catholic hierarchy - local and national. If we lose, I will simply frown.

Why don't you include gay candidate Mark Kleinschmidt's race for mayor of Chapel Hill?

Thanks, Javier! I'll look for numbers!

Yes, according to Victory Fund 50 of 79 gay candidates won and 6 more are in runoff.
One comment below story on Houston on 365 Gay Blog said...
'Who cares about these piddly (my term) elected offices?' ..
Well, of course we all know why.

Because it makes gay people VISIBLE in their communities. I can verify as a straights that many many people do not know any gays.
These officials become KNOWN, and other realize just how like themselves they are. Just how concerned about all the daily cares of the community they are.

.... and eventually, hopefully, as happened to my husband after hearing David Mixner's speech at NEM. It clicks, and they say to themselves.."What do you mean they don't have EQUAL RIGHTS?"
...voila another convert.

SO WIN WIN WIN, everywhere...and then be out and proud..as you and Anthony are! Can never have enough of you good, brave people.

Waymon, keep watching the iQreport page for Kalamazoo, updates will be in at any moment...

Here's the link for New Jersey results

and here's for Washington (nothing there till polls close at 8pm PT).

I added a very cute video to the end of your post of Rea Carey canvassing in Maine today for No On 1.

I love an ED who'll get dirty working with the troops, don't you? :)

Just like Matt before her. I saw him direct the lines for the porta-potties at the Winter Party.

Our sources in Kalamazoo say they won by over 2000 votes - 65% - 35% The official numbers should be out shortly.

I've updated the post.

ZERO PERCENT OF PRECINCTS REPORTING ACCORDING TO STATE ELECTION OFFICIALS. They must have done some pretty extensive exit polling.

Victory Fund and HRC are calling it in our favor too.

It looks like we may have won in Kalamazoo (Yay!), BUT it also looks like the reports from HRC and Victory Fund are merely echoing other reports, perhaps even those on Bilerico. As wonderful as Bilerico is, I'll wait to fully celebrate until we get more official results. My gut tells me it's too early to call this one.

The campaign has claimed victory now, Diane. See the post for the press release from One Kalamazoo.

Governor - General
1855 of 6305 Precincts Reporting - 29%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Christie, Chris GOP 348,372 50%
Corzine, Jon (i) Dem 297,591 43%

You're awesome, Waymon. You know that? This is probably the most useful link on Facebook right now.

just got a new update from my source in Maine. with 14% reporting, No On Maine is up by 3100 votes.

Finally! A source on the Kalamazoo result: HRC has an email from the pro-equality campaign manager.Still no official or even MSM results that I can find, though.

Well, I feel like a feel. You've got the email from the Kalamazoo campaign. Yay Waymon!

Ahhh, that's feeling like a fool. Darn.

Congratuations to Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill's next mayor! Mark is a real champion for equality and carrying on the proud Orange County history of out elected officials!

So happy to hear the good news!!!! Fantastic!

come on MI, ME, and WA--- let's have something to be proud of tomorrow....

We've got our victory in Michigan!

I;m holding judgement- but like your optimism

Well considering over 80% of the vote was in with the ordinance ahead by thousands, I'd say its safe to call it. MSM did.

Poor Corzine. I had such high hopes that he'd pull out a squeaker.

I'm loving this thread, but I'm also following the Maine vote on http://twitter.com/gladlaw

That is SO awesome! Thank you Kalamazoo voters for setting an inspiring example for other parts of the country. You make me proud to be American. :)

could you also add Adam Brackman, city council in Atlanta? Thanks

I don't have solid numbers on him yet (I'm looking now)- is he LGBT?

The Maine vote is so close.. part of me just wants to stay up all night refreshing this page....

we're at the r-71 party, and the first announcement is that it's too close to call...

there are about 180 people here, andf at the moment we're watching the colbert report r-71 segment.

...more to follow

where are you getting your results for main? the bangor daily news has the tally at 28% with 50.5% yes and 49.4% no

Does anyone know what parts of Maine have reported already?

About Washington state, Bilerico contributor Nan Hunter reports that we cannot expect much in the way of results tonight because Washington is a vote by mail state and all ballots POSTMARKED today will be counted. Read her whole post here:

washington secretary of state reports 52.39 % yes on 71, 47.61 % no.

first king county numbers: 65% approve

video from the r-71 party: first update...

more r-71 party video--and new numbers:

yes: 444,780 51.85 %

no: 412,967 48.15 %

I'm sick of having to stop bigots at the ballot box. Civil Rights should never be up for a vote.

Agreed. I'm tired of having these liveblog/open threads about whether or not we can keep our civil rights according to the whims of the people at the time.

HERE HERE! Tomorrow morning write your legislators and tell them you're through with the monkeying around, you want legal protections NOW! You want ENDA passed, DOMA overturned UAFA passed and DPBO Act Passed IMMEDIATELY!

new r-71 update: several western washington counties are now going to approve r-71.

king county, washington's largest county, has not updated since 8:07 pm, and new results should be very interesting.

new statewide numbers:

yes 506,936 51.13 %

no 484,567 48.87 %

uploading video of the update now, and i'll have the link as soon as i can...

Don't kid yourselves. Assuming we win R71 with the current margin (and even that is a big "if"), it is nothing to crow about. We had a huge money advantage, the endorsements of every major politician and every major newspaper, the support of major employers like Microsoft and Google, and we faced an opposition that was totally amateurish. Our opponents had no Mormon help, and only token help from NOM and FOF, probably less than 15K total.

If we wind up "winning" with 51-49 or something like that, it only tells the WA legislature that any attempt to pass full marriage equality would be crushed in a referendum.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, my friend. A Victory is a Victory. Who is REALLY cynical enough to be disappointed by a win for LGBT Rights that bring us closer to Equality? "Mourn the losses because they are many, but celebrate the victories because they are few."

Hey, don't get me wrong. I'll take a win over a loss any day. And approval does have real meaning for the DP couples in WA.

But being realistic, this is like the US Army just barely squeaking out a victory over the Lichtenstein police force. Better than defeat, but still . . .

You can definitely expect to see Messrs. Stickney and Randall claiming to have upheld democracy by giving the people a vote and insisting that if they had just had a little more financial support to offset the wealthy scheming gays' 10-1 fundraising advantage, they would have won.

It pains me to say this, but Jess is right.

We were better funded than the Reject 71 people and had bigger names on our side, and their campaign was so openly homophobic that it's frightening they got the results they did in some Eastern Washington counties.

If they had the same funding as the Approve 71 side and had been more subtle about the anti-gay rhetoric, there's a good chance we would have lost.

In politics, as in business, cynicism is VERY healthy to the bottom line.

still waiting on new numbers from wa state and king county...

..just conducted an interview with charlene strong,, she of the pro-71 ads, and we await more news...

a quick comment to jess: if r-71 passes, and "sky no fall down", don't be surprised if the next vote to come more easily than you might think today.

cnn is reported to have called r-71 as passed.

If we loose officially in Maine - even if there is a recount - we need to march this Saturday - just like last year. I've been checking jointheimpact.com and nationalequalitymarch.com to see if they will promote this idea.

We can not stay silent if Maine loses!!!

Who's with me?

You have got to be kidding, and I hope you are.

Another march? While the organization behind the last one is imploding? As we face the cold reality of a loss in Maine, not long after so many people, energies, time, and dollars were spent schlepping to DC?


Directly pressuring your elected officials, spending time engaging in real campaigns and organized efforts that go for tangible political yield--the hard and unexciting work--is what gets results.

I should clarify - rally in every city just like last November - which was a component that led to the march - which I was at - and is part of the process - who ever told you marches don't work? Every step is a step - and further - the National Equality March was and is spreading that message - to get out to YOUR officials - AND to keep making your voice heard.

I chose to march, rally and activate (like my project at www.ohd.blogspot.com). I am all about getting together in numbers AND going into the lion's den - facing off with the bigots. I espouse it all - it is all part of our civil rights fight.

Where do people get the idea that any part of fighting for our civil rights is wasted time? Every time you open your mouth and speak - you make an impact.

Let's hope jointheimpact.com rises up again.

Disagree. The answer is not for everyone to do everything and anything.

I've had enough of people talking about "feeling empowered."

Tonight, tell it to Maine.

It is time for focus. It is time for a strategic and tactical overhaul.

Unfortunately, if you look at every civil rights movement that precedes us you will see it is the multiplicity of actions that wins equality.

I wonder what Harvey Milk would say about people saying - 'marching doesn't work' - The question now is - what are we willing to do outside our comfort zones to win equality. Where are your limits?

We really have barely touched the depth of activities we can engage in to gain our equality.

Maybe a bolder approach - sit ins, other forms of ciliv disobedience, etc as well as calling and visiting legislators, rallies, marching, BEING AS VISIBLE AND SERIOUS AS WE NEED TO BE!

Tell me what a march produces for us, politically, tangibly. And let's leave out stuff like "feel empowered" and "feel energized." Aerobics can do that. "Inspired" etc., that's a good movie. Politics is not about flapping wings and it's not a movie scene. Please tell me what the tangible political yield is from a march, in 2009, when we can find people and gather them in many other ways, and aim them towards impact.

I agree with Joel. In particular I think the LGBT community needs to reconsider the value of fighting for gay marriage. I agree that it would be a great thing to have nation-wide. However, as a transwoman I also agree that it would be really great if I looked like Angelina Jolie. Sadly this is something that is not possible with current technology and my budget at age 54!

My suggestion is just as I have given up on any fantasy about giving Angelina a run for her money the LGBT community needs to give up on the fantasy of gay marriage. For now. Wait ten years and enough of the older bigots will have died off that it will be productive to resume the fight for marriage equality.

In the meantime we could focus on battles we could win. For the minority for whom marriage is the only thing of importance I say more power to them. No doubt as an analogy there are transwomen my age who will never give up on trying to look like a movie star. If the fantasy makes them happy then great. But I wouldn't expect others to fund their fantasy.

NO!!! We can't give up. What we see is the more we fight - the closer we get. We take something as important as family equality away from our focus and we diminish everything. We just need to fight even harder now.

Looking like a celebrity - and being treated as an equal under the law are not at all the same.

What would the abolitionists the suffragettes the civil rights fighters say?

last video for tonight can be seen now.

If we lose Maine - we need to march!!!

A deeply disappointing evening in many ways. What does it mean? What does it mean? I take the loss in Maine very hard, very hard indeed.

My mind can't help wondering if it says something more about marriage equality as an issue, rather than the effectiveness of our campaigns.

We lost in Maine by 5 percentage points after outspending them, and though we won in Washington State, we only kept domestic partnership by a mere 2 percentage points. Marriage equality has lost in every state (31 of them) to which it has been put to the voters.

But the Kalamazoo non-discrimination law won by 30 percentage points.

I'm wondering if we've really thought through our strategy of making marriage equality the #1 issue.

When I look at major LGBT figures and websites, I don't hear much on ENDA. It's all DOMA and DADT. I'm deeply worried about ENDA. Where are the volunteers for ENDA?

I want to thank everyone for the great discussions and for sharing election night with me & with Bilerico.

It was a tough night- victories for Kalamazoo & WA State, as well as lots of openly LGBT candidates. But Maine hurts and will continue to hurt.

Anger & hurt does not fade with the morning light- it turns into more determination.

We'll cherish the victories and fight the losses. It's all we can do- keep fighting.

Equality will come.

Dan Waterhouse | November 4, 2009 11:19 AM

Am I disappointed in the result in Maine? Yes!

Do I think it is the end of the world? No!

Has the gay community made a mistake making marriage the No. 1 priority? Yes!

Why? Because the community is eating itself over this issue. The marriage advocates would throw people affected by AIDS/HIV under the bus (who cares about them--they got themselves into that fix). Here in Cali, the Repeal 8 in 2010 forces have decided to marginize people of color and anyone in the community who doesn't agree with them.

My gay-friendly straight friends are saying: "give all the yelling and screaming a rest. Marriage is going to happen--it's inevitable." The opposition recognizes it's going to happen--they're just trying to delay it as long as possible.

Terry Kuseske also won a seat on the city commission in Kalamazoo, MI last night. He is openly gay, and we in Michigan are proud to have elected two openly gay individuals last night!!


November 4, 2009

Media Contact:

Alan L. Bounville
Activist and Graduate Student
New York University


New York City Residents Protest this Sunday, November 8, 2009 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Join supporters of equality outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral this Sunday to show those who oppose equality the faces of their discrimination. Stepping beyond the comfort zones of rallies and marches we take our message directly to the people and one of the organizations that have brought about gay apartheid in the United States.

Protesters should come with signs and their voices. This is a peaceful demonstration, but the anger against the members of the Catholic Church in New York City, who helped by their affiliation to the Catholic Church in Maine pass the hateful Question 1 in Maine yesterday need to know that no longer can we live as a nation that is separate and not equal.

Protest participants are also encouraged to call their U.S. elected officials at 202-224-3121 and tell them that supporting gay apartheid on all fronts is wrong. It is against the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Protest Details can be found below and at:

Gay Apartheid Protest Details:

Sunday, November 8, 2009
Outside St. Patrick's Cathedral
9 AM - 1 PM
460 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022-6863

Alan L. Bounville is an organizational oppression and LGBTQI activist and graduate student at New York University in New York City. His current project, encouraging the fifth largest employer in his former city, Orlando, FL to provide domestic partner benefits, create a multicultural office and open the dialogue about diversity can be found at: www.ohdi.blogspot.com.

Alan: While I firmly believe that our "march reflex" should be reconsidered, I do wish you success with the event and hope, as I'm sure you agree, that every effort is made to gather email addresses from every participant, and to follow up by funneling participants towards tangible political action that will help move the policy needle. Capitalize on the outrage.

If WA adopts Rererendum 71, it will be the first state to win the popular vote. With the approval of Ref. 71, WA will become the first state to win the popular vote when gay rights law is challenged. Some commentators have declared victory, some are cautious. At 6:40 p.m., Pacific Time, Nov. 4, there are 394,482 votes to be counted with a good number of those uncounted votes from King and Snohomish counties or the greater Seattle area, which has overwhelmingly led this vote in approval. The official count on the Sec. of State's page lists the vote as "approved," with certification by Nov. 24 (online: http://vote.wa.gov/Elections/WEI/Results.aspx?RaceTypeCode=M&JurisdictionTypeID=-2&ElectionID=32&ViewMode=Results).

Most WA counties will report by 6 p.m. Thursday. That will be the day to watch for..