On Tuesday, voters will determine the extent of gay rights in five U.S. cities. The referenda, put on the ballot by reactionary conservatives hoping to limit gay rights, address a variety of issues. Traverse City and Kalamazoo, Michigan will vote on proposed city charter amendments barring “protected status” based on sexual orientation. Huntington Woods, Michigan will vote on whether to keep an anti-discrimination ordinance already in place. In Miami Beach, Florida and Houston, Texas, voters will decide whether domestic partners of city employees should receive medical or other benefits.
Election day is November 6.