· The Washington Post profiles Minnesota's newest congressman. Keith Ellison is black, Muslim and the first non-white ever to represent that state in Congress. "On the campaign trail, Ellison, 43, talked little about his religious background, focusing instead on his call for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and his support for single-payer health care. He broke from more conservative Muslims by favoring gay rights and abortion rights."
· Voters in historically conservative Arizona become the first in the nation to reject a ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage. By 51 percent to 49 percent, Arizonans voted down Proposition 107. Detailed tallies here.
Civic, political and gay activists fought the measure, which would have prevented governments from recognizing any relationship similar to marriage—such as civil unions or domestic partnerships—in providing benefits to employees.
· Unfortunately 27 other states have approved anti-gay marriage ballot measures, including seven on Tuesday—Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. Colorado also failed to pass a domestic partnership referendum.