What the heck is up with Minnesota? Has Michele Bachmann brainwashed these folks? On the plus side, we do have some rare good news from Tennessee. More good news: Voters are rewarding politicians who support marriage equality.
- A majority of Minnesotans oppose legalizing same-sex marriage, the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found. Fifty-three percent of Minnesotans say the state statute banning same-sex unions should stand. Only 38 percent say legislators should overturn the law this year, while 9 percent are undecided.
- Victory Fund endorsee Chris Anderson made history Tuesday night when he became the first openly gay candidate to win election in Chattanooga, Tenn. Anderson beat a two-term incumbent to represent City Council District 7.
- Freedom to Marry and Third Way released a memo today showing that state legislators who vote in favor of marriage for same-sex couples overwhelmingly win voter support when running for reelection. Based on election results in the two states that passed freedom to marry laws in the 2011-2012 legislative cycle and whose members stood for reelection — New York and Washington — the analysis, “Pro-Marriage Legislators Win Elections,” finds that pro-marriage legislators who ran for reelection won 97% of the time. This is significantly higher than the national incumbent re-election average of 90% in 2012.