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Legalize it

Though there seems to be some dispute at the moment about who is "first", history was made Tuesday (for more more than one reason). Baltimore Sun reports:

Maryland made history yesterday as the first state to approve gay marriage at the ballot box. The outcome on Question 6 was notable not just for what it will mean for thousands of gays and lesbians whose relationships will now be recognized as equal to those of their heterosexual peers but for what it says about the state of gay rights in America. There is good reason to believe that yesterday's vote was not just a victory for equality but a turning point.

Technically, Maryland appeared to be tied for the first-in-the-nation distinction, as a similar measure was poised for passage in Maine on the same day. Another was on the ballot in Washington. Considering that the electoral record for same-sex marriage up until yesterday was 0 wins and 32 losses, those victories are remarkable. The vote in Maryland in particular is a sign that the growing acceptance for marriage equality is starting to break down old barriers and may portend a rapid shift in the political and legal landscape.

Meanwhile the NY Times reports:
Maine voters approved same-sex marriage in an election night that jubilant gay rights advocates called a historic turning point, the first time ever that marriage for gay men and lesbians has been approved at the ballot box.

While six states plus the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage through court decisions or legislative decisions, voters had rejected it more than 30 times in a row up to now.

Results for the other three states voting on same-sex marriage -- Maryland, Minnesota and Washington -- were still coming in late Tuesday but rights groups said that the victories in Maine, and possibly other states, were an important sign that public opinion is shifting in their direction.

As of this article, results are still just coming in, so hopefully by Wednesday morning we're saying that four states approved same-sex marriage on ballots in 2012.

UPDATE:: Minnesotans have sadly defeated the attempt to amend the state's constitution to ban gay marriage,

This election also gave us our first openly gay senator, our first state with marijuana legalization, and our first two-term African-American president. To quote Reggie Watts, "The Mayan prophecy is coming true!!!"

President Obama

President Obama on Wednesday ended nearly two years of "evolving" on the issue of same-sex marriage by publicly endorsing it in a television interview, taking a definitive stand on one of the most contentious and politically charged social issues of the day.

"At a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," Mr. Obama told ABC News in an interview that came after the president faced mounting pressure to clarify his position.

In an election that is all but certain to turn on the slowly recovering economy and its persistently high jobless rate, Mr. Obama's stand nonetheless injects a volatile social issue into the campaign debate and puts him at even sharper odds with his presumptive Republican rival, Mitt Romney, who opposes same-sex marriage and favors an amendment to the United States Constitution to forbid it...

...Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, called the president's statement "a watershed moment in American history" that would aid efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York said, "No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people, and I have no doubt that this will be no exception." [New York Times]

Watch the ABC News video interview with President Obama here.

Black Francis @ Siren Fest 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Black Francis

From New York City to Niagara Falls, N.Y., hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across the state began marrying on Sunday -- the first taking their vows just after midnight -- in the culmination of a long battle in the Legislature and a new milestone for gay rights advocates seeking to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation.

Outside the city clerk's office in Lower Manhattan, an orderly crowd had gathered in sweltering temperatures alongside metal police barriers hours before the doors opened around 8:45 a.m., prompting a cheer. At least one veil was in evidence. [NY Times]

today in NYC
* art show @ Saint Vitus
* Brasil Summerfest
* Erik Friedlander @ Barbes
* Cookies @ In Vino Winebar
* Jarrett Cherner @ The Stone
* Furthur @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Inis Oirr @ The Manhattan Inn
* Contemporaneous @ The Stone
* Cracker, Wormburner @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dry the River, Ambassadors @ The Rock Shop
* Black Francis, Reid Paley @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Cloud Control, Beige, Yvette @ Knitting Factory
* Columboid, Vaz, Mattress, Acid Kicks @ Bruar Falls
* Raw Nerve, White Load, Brain Slug @ The Acheron
* Ryan Sawyer, C. Spencer Yeh, Nate Wooley @ Zebulon
* Real Estate, Dent May, Andrew Cedermark @ Maxwell's
* Marcelo D2, Pitty, DJ Nuts @ Central Park Summerstage
* Swirlies, Psychedelic Horseshit @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Geordie Austen, Anna Lidell, David King @ Pete's Candy Store
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Heartless Bastards, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Ramblers @ Mercury Lounge
* Death Grips, Bass Drum of Death, The Miracles Club, Night Manager (Rock Beach) @ Aviator Sports Complex
* Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Jay Rock, Mayday, Stevie Stone, JPK & Big Redd, NJC @ Starland Ballroom
* Magnetic Island, Amy Klein of Titus Andronicus, EULA, Jo Schornikow of The Shivers (Permanent Wave's Sound Wave To Benefit The International Women's Health Coalition) @ Death By Audio

Head to Beekman Beer Garden today for the free show by Psychedelic Horseshit and Swirlies.

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Bruce and Bono

"Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I've been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton. I've long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same sex couples and fully agree with Governor Corzine when he writes that, "The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is -- a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law." I couldn't agree more with that statement and urge those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now." - Bruce Springsteen
Bruuuuuuuce! New Jersey legislature was supposed to vote on the issue Thursday, but that vote was controversially cancelled last night. The New York Senate disappointingly rejected a marriage bill for same sex couples earlier this month. For more on this issue, check out the Human Rights Campaign website.

In related news, The Boss was just honored by Obama. Video below...

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