USA: President Barack Obama REELECTED
The New York Times reports:
Barack Obama was re-elected as president on Tuesday, the television networks projected, defeating Mitt Romney after a long, hard-fought campaign that centered on who would heal the battered economy and on what role government should play in the 21st century.
The president’s official Twitter account quickly posted: “This happened because of you. Thank you.”CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC News all projected that Mr. Obama would defeat Mr. Romney after concluding that he would win the necessary 270 electoral votes.Mr. Obama carried New Hampshire and Pennsylvania and was projected by television networks to win Wisconsin, three states Mr. Romney had pursued to block Mr. Obama’s re-election.As a succession of states fell away from Mr. Romney, a hush fell over his Boston headquarters. Advisers sounded uncharacteristically pessimistic about what they acknowledged were dwindling chances of winning an Electoral College majority.The mood at the Obama campaign in Chicago was optimistic as the outcome of the hard-fought presidential race was dependent on Mr. Romney’s running the table in the rest of the competitive battleground states.Americans delivered a final judgment on a long and bitter campaign that drew so many people to the polls that several key states extended voting for hours. In Virginia and Florida, long lines stretched from polling places, with the Obama campaign sending text messages to supporters in those areas, saying: “You can still vote.”The state-by-state pursuit of the 270 electoral votes was being closely tracked by both campaigns, with Mr. Romney winning North Carolina and Indiana, which Mr. Obama carried four years ago. But Mr. Obama won Michigan, the state where Mr. Romney was born, and Minnesota, a pair of states that Republican groups had spent millions of dollars trying to make competitive.The contests were hanging on the outcome of only a few key counties in the battleground states. In Florida, for example, the two candidates were separated by only thousands of votes out of more than six million ballots cast, with nearly 90 percent of precincts reporting.The top issue on the minds of voters was the economy, according to interviews, with three-quarters of those surveyed saying that economic conditions were not good or poor. But only 3 in 10 said things were getting worse, and 4 in 10 said the economy was improving.
At The Democratic National Convention: Rep. Jared Polis - I’m Jewish, Gay, And A Father
USA: Democrats Endorse Marriage Equality & Appropriately Represents LGBT Community
Pink News UK reports:
The Democratic National Convention has kicked off, announcing support for equal marriage, and has been praised for representing, and embracing the LGBT community in the US.
The Democrats’ platform, announced in Charlotte, North Carolina, endorsed the move towards equal marriage rights for all, as well as abortion rights, but the actual attendance of the convention is also noteworthy because of the LGBT presence there.
The Associated Press reported that 486 LGBT delegates attended the Democratic Party’s National Convention, making up over 8% of the total attendees. Speakers include three openly gay members of congress, as well as a record turnout of LGBT delegates.
Jerame Davis of National Stonewall Democrats said:
“We’ve been an underrepresented demographic in politics for a long time,” he said, ”Finally seeing us appropriately represented is just a thrill.”
As well as supporting the right to equal marriage for all, the platform read:
“We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.’’
It also stated an opposition to: ‘‘federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection under the law’’.
The Democrats’ party position on LGBT issues and abortion, as well as other political issues, contrasts strongly with the Republican Party platform which was announced last week. The GOP platform would ban equal marriage, and all abortion.
The Democratic platform acknowledged the vastly differing policies:
‘‘This election is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties, but between two fundamentally different paths for our country and our families,’’
Record 470 Openly LGBT Delegates To Attend Democratic Convention
At least 470 delegates at the Democratic Convention will beopenly LGBT. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade:The upcoming Democratic National Convention is set to have a record number of openly LGBT delegates, although goals for some states aren’t being met, according to new data from the National Stonewall Democrats. The organization as of Wednesday evening identified at least 470 openly LGBT delegates that are set to attend the convention, but more data is expected to become public at a later time. A total of 5,963 delegates are set to come to Charlotte, N.C.., for the event during the week of Sept. 3. Having 470 delegates exceeds the goal of 418 delegates at the convention and is already higher than numbers from 2008, when 277 delegates participated.
California leads the pack with 74 LGBT delegates. States sending only one: Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming. Several states are sending LGBT delegates for the first time ever.
USA: Democratic Party Approves Marriage Equality Platform Plank
Yesterday, the Democratic Party platform drafting committee unanimously approved languageendorsing same-sex marriage as a plank in the platform. According to a DNC staffer, the plank supports marriage equality as well as the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. It also includes support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The decision reflects not only the support of President Obama, but of prominent Democratic leaders across the country who have spoken out on behalf of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.