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Voters in Maryland approved the state's same-sex marriage law on Tuesday, according to exit polls and early returns. It marked a historic victory for the gay-rights movement nationally, which had lost at the ballot box in more than 30 states.
The conservative movement has long counted on a critical mass of homophobes to thwart the attempt of gays and lesbians to form family. Civil rights should not be subject to a ballot measure. But no matter. Tonight in Maine, Maryland, and Washington, the movement for marriage equality took on its opponents, on their field, under their rules and defeated them.

Taking these along with Tammy Baldwin's win tonight, and the defeat of Richard Mourdock, and the defeat of Todd Akin, it was a good night.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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