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Thursday, 9 November 2006

Democrats may have won House but gay rights have suffered setback

Now that some more detailed analysis of the US midterm elections is coming through, it is clear that, whilst President George W Bush has suffered a setback, his core supporters amongst right-wing 'Christinaists' have succeeded in having amendments against gay marriage adopted [easily] in 7 of the 8 States where the matter was on the ballot: Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin; similar legislation banning gay marriage already exists in 20 other States. The sole exception was Arizona where the amendment was narrowly defeated.

In particular note that whilst the Senate race went 'down to the wire' in both Tennessee and Virginia, the amendments to ban gay marriage in both States passed with overwhelming voter support. In other words it is way off-beam to be considering breaking out the champagne [*] based on a superficial interpretation of this midterm election if you are homosexual and American.

[*] - which I tend to do on the flimsiest of excuses and may do this weekend to celebrate the fact that I live in a somewhat more enlightened country in this respect at least.

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