If You Support Marriage Equality, Here’s How You Should Vote

It’s time!

In this historical election, four states are voting on the rights of same-sex couples to marry. We’ll have more extensive coverage of the results in each state later tonight on this site.

The terms are slightly different in each state, so if you’re voting in one of these four states, here’s a quick breakdown of what each marriage measure means:

Maine: Question 1 reads, “Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?” Vote “yes” to say you want same-sex couples to be able to marry; vote “no” if you don’t.

Maryland: Question 6 is a referendum to approve or reject the Civil Marriage Protection Act, a measure signed in March giving same-sex couples the right to marry starting in 2013. Vote “for” approving the measure to uphold the act and allow same-sex couples to marry; vote “against” it to strike the act down.

Washington: Referendum 74 is the short name for the Same-Sex Marriage Veto Referendum, a state referendum to approve or reject a bill passed in February legalizing same-sex marriage. If you want to allow same-sex marriage, then check “approve”; “rejecting” the bill will keep same-sex couples from marrying.

Minnesota: The Minnesota Gay Marriage Amendment proposes to amend the constitution so that “only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.” It’s worth noting that same-sex marriage is already illegal in Minnesota. Vote “yes” to constitutionally ban same-sex marriages in Minnesota; vote “no” to expand the freedom to marry.

For more information about any of these state measures, check out TheFour2012, a site dedicated to getting out the vote for marriage equality this year. Furthermore, to see if any LGBT people are running for state and national office near you, check out this infographic. (Full disclosure: this graphic is from a project I worked on, but it’s still a great source!)

About Camille Beredjick

Camille is a twentysomething working in the LGBT nonprofit industry. She runs an LGBT news blog at gaywrites.org.

  • ReadsInTrees

    Already voted YES on 1 here in Maine!

  • chuckleberry74

    Voted yes for #6 here in Maryland. This is a no-brainer and appears to have good support here.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A37GL7VKR3W6ACSIZPH7EID3LI rlrose63

    I just think it sucks all around that we are voting on someone’s civil rights.  It’s just wrong.

    • Gus Snarp

      I’m still holding out hope that the Supreme Court will make the right decision and make it sweeping and we can stop pretending that the local electorate gets to trump basic human rights.

      • http://aboutkitty.blogspot.com/ Cat’s Staff

        I’d like to think that if it does get to court that since all the arguments (other then ‘it’s what we’ve always done’) against marriage equality are religious, then they will find that there is no secular purpose for the law and it will be thrown out.  Exhibit A – http://twitter.com/ssodonn/statuses/265872161066057728

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    Voted for gay marriage, for gambling and for the democrats…  in a church.     After I heard one of the church members declare that if Obama wins and gay marriage passes “would be proof there is no god.”

    • The Captain

      I’m guessing your from Maryland, want to know something crapy? The developer pushing the gambling bill, was also giving tons of money and pushing the anti-gay marriage campaign.

      I voted for gay marriage but against that douchebags casino. Besides, he lied in every commercial about it anyway.

      • Gus Snarp

        I always oppose these casino initiatives when they come up, simply because they’re all about giving one casino company a monopoly in the name of saving the local economy, which they won’t. It’s usually another casino company running the opposition to any casino initiative, and in the next one the casino companies will trade places, depending on who will get the monopoly. If they want casino gambling, why not just legalize gambling with some simple regulations and allow competition and the entry of small new local casinos to the market?

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke, Blonde

          as i like to say to people trying to decide if voting in favor of casinos will save their economy: heck yeah vote yes! because as anyone can see, casinos have totally saved the city of Detroit. /sarcasm

          my family was involved in that whole deal for Detroit and i’m sorry to say that it’s pretty clear casinos help no one but the mob, and hurt a large number of math-challenged poor people in the process. 

        • The Captian

          Well, basically yea. We already have a few casinos but they are all the shitty video slot kind. The bill would have allowed for table games at those casinos, which I was all for, but…. But it also had a huge tax giveaway and a bunch of other favors for the developer (the guy fighting against gay marriage) to build a new casino next to DC. Had the bill just been a simple “allow table games” and then let the guy do what he wanted then that would have been great (and frankly is what the already existing casinos need), but the bill was way too skewed to one guy.

          The other thing that really pissed me off was the flat out lying they did in the commercials for the bill. They kept saying that the tax money would go to education but didn’t say that the offset was the exact same amount of money would be removed from other tax sources for education. And the kicker was the claim that the money should be kept in Maryland. Well I’m not stupid… that money was not staying in Maryland, it was going to New Jersey!

    • Gus Snarp

      Oh, good, we’ll have a new atheist after the election then.

  • http://aboutkitty.blogspot.com/ Cat’s Staff

    In Minnesota, Voting NO will not ‘expand the freedom to marry’.  It will simply keep things exactly the way they are now, which as it says, is already illegal.  So voting either way changes nothing, it just creates one more hurdle to marriage equality.  Minnesota also has a bad voter ID amendment on the ballot this year.

    Just got back from voting.  Not many people in my precinct, so there was no line at all.  I gave a ride to the elderly neighbor so she could vote.  She has a gay son, so I’m pretty sure I know which way she’s voting