President Francois Hollande's Cabinet pushed ahead with a controversial French bill Wednesday that could see gay marriage legalized early next year, defying vocal opposition in the majority Catholic country from religious leaders, the rural heartland and the conservative opposition.
The French leader's top ministers approved the bill legalizing marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, sending it to the legislature for debate, only one day after three American states, Maine and Maryland, became the first in the U.S. to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote.
LGBT leaders rushed forward to cheer milestones and mandates after voters delivered a series of victories at the ballot box on Nov. 6.
U.S. Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin delivered her victory speech in Madison, Wis., after defeating former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the closely watched race. Baldwin is the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate and the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin. She also helped the Democrats secure a majority in the chamber.
At about 11:20 p.m., major media outlets projected that Barack Obama and Joe Biden had won re-election.
A suburban Detroit mayor and tea party favorite who was criticized for an anti-gay slur and for opposing a largely federally funded transportation center has been recalled from office.
Troy, Mich., residents voted 52 percent to 48 percent on Nov. 6 to remove Mayor Janice Daniels as part-time leader of the city of 80,000.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered his concession speech from Boston. The following is a transcript provided from Roll Call.
Voters on Nov. 6 approved measures to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine and in Maryland.
A measure to legalize gay marriage in Washington was polling ahead late Nov. 6 while an anti-gay effort to amend the Minnesota constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman was facing defeat.
Iowa voters on Nov. 6 retained Justice David Wiggins on the state supreme court.
Wiggins survived a Christian right campaign to remove him from the bench. Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Iowans For Freedom committee to oust Wiggins, conceded defeat but told the Des Moines Register that the margin was “not a great validation for Justice Wiggins.”
President Barack Obama delivered his victory speech in Chicago at McCormick Place early Nov. 7 after securing enough votes to win the electoral college and four more years in the White House.
The following is a transcript provided by the White House.
At about 11:20 p.m., major media outlets projected that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden had won re-election with the addition of Ohio in the Democratic column.
An email from the president to supporters shortly before 11:30 p.m. said, "I'm about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.
Ohio could well decide the next president – the state has chosen the winner in the last 12 presidential elections and it’s pivotal to the strategies of both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
The Ohio winner has usually done particularly well in his party’s traditionally strong areas and better than expected in other regions.