Governors’ Elections Are Key to Moving Equality Forward
November 2, 2010 by Marty Rouse, National Field Director
With so many elections getting attention, it’s easy to overlook some key Governors’ races.
While there are many that deserve attention, there are three races that HRC is paying particular attention to; Mark Dayton, Minnesota One race today will have a huge impact on the marriage equality movement; the race for Governor of Minnesota. If Mark Dayton wins (and the votes in the legislature remain solid), Minnesota could pass a marriage equality bill next spring. Dayton is running neck and neck with anti-gay Tom Emmer. Emmer voted for several anti-gay bills when he was in the legislature and remains firmly against marriage equality. While a third candidate supports marriage equality, the real race is between Dayton and Emmer, and this race could end up at a recount. It is that close.
Governor Ted Strickland, Ohio In this important state for presidential campaigns, it is critical that we elect our friend and ally Ted Strickland. He is an outspoken supporter of LGBT issues and if he is defeated, this will not only be a setback for the LGBT community in Ohio, but it will make it more difficult to win Ohio in 2012. Alex Sink, Florida The LGBT community in Florida has a candidate for Governor that supports the us. If she is elected, Florida would finally be a state where positive things could be possible. From non-discrimination policies to support for domestic partner benefits, Alex Sink would begin to have the Sunshine state live up to its name. Keep a close watch on these important races throughout the night.
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