Election 2010

Election 2010 presented opportunities and challenges for the freedom to marry in several states and at the federal level. Positive developments during the 2010 election included:
  • In Rhode Island, New York, Minnesota, Maryland, and California, governors who campaigned on a promise to end marriage discrimination were elected or re-elected;
  • Marriage in Maryland gained momentum with the pickup of two seats by progressives and a shift in committee memberships changed the dynamic in the Senate, where bills creating marriage for same-sex couple have stalled in the past;
  • Every city council member who voted for marriage in Washington D.C. up for re-election was re-elected, despite an orchestrated campaign by the so-called “National Organization for Marriage” (NOM).
The economy and anti-incumbent sentiment dominated the 2010 Election Cycle, creating a challenging election for progressive candidates who also support the Freedom to Marry. Challenges that arose to the Freedom to Marry in 2010 include:
  • A concerted and vitriolic campaign to undermine the judiciary process in Iowa, anti-gay organizations like NOM unseated three Iowa Supreme Court justices who supported ending marriage discrimination in the state;
  • While the Executive level and U.S. Senate has leaders without an anti-gay agenda, the U.S. House of Representatives shifted to conservatives with a leadership with anti-gay voting records, including opposition to marriage for same-sex couples;
  • Anti-gay majorities grew at the state house level in states with marriage for same-sex couples like Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as key states like New York and Minnesota.    

Blog Posts Related to Election 2010

Momentum Builds for Marriage in Maryland with Big Rally and More Senate Support

Hundreds of marriage supporters turned out for a Valentine's Day rally in front of Maryland's statehouse, and two more Senators pledged to support the marriage bill.

Two Iowa Senate democrats say loyalty to Gronstal trumps support for marriage amendment

A handful of Senate Democrats who would be the deciding votes on an amendment to ban marriage equality said Tuesday they won't join minority Republicans to force a vote this year.

Barring a change of heart, that means the effort to allow a public vote on a constitutional amendment to ban the freedom to marry is dead in the Iowa Legislature this session.

Video: Iowa Democratic Chair urges lawmakers not to be distracted by marriage ban

Retaining the jobs we have and creating new ones, that's what Iowa's Democratic Chair says the state's lawmakers should be focusing on, not banning marriage equality.

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Resources Related to Election 2010

Media Primer: 2011 Flashpoints for LGBT Equality

A media primer on the LGBT issues landscape for the coming year released by the Human Rights Campaign.

Poll: Majority of Maryland Voters Support Freedom to Marry

A statewide poll found that a majority of Maryland residents support the freedom to marry.

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