- 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).
- 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.
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