In addition to Obama being reelected, a bunch of very important ballot measure victories were apparently won around the country (these are not final results, but most of the votes had been counted). Four states had same-sex marriage referendums on the ballot and equality won all four of them.
Maine, Maryland and Washington will all have marriage equality now. Minnesota defeated an attempt to ban same-sex marriage, but they still need to repeal the state law prohibiting it. This is a huge, huge turning point in the battle for equality. After 32 successful referendums to ban same-sex marriage, the tide has clearly turned. Public opinion has shifted massively on the issue, and what was a benefit to Republicans in driving people to the polls in 2004 is now going to be a detriment. By 2016, there will begin to be referendums to repeal the bans passed in 2004 and 2008 in many states — and those ballot measures will drive voters to the polls to cast a ballot for equality, not against it.
And Washington and Colorado also legalized marijuana for recreational use. Oregon, however, defeated a referendum to do that, which means we must now revoke their status as a hippie/hipster haven. You’re losing serious cool points here, Oregon.
And Florida defeated three very bad ballot measures. One would have banned the use of taxpayer funds for abortion services, a second would have prevented the penalties used to enforce the health care reform bill (probably would have been struck down anyway), and a third would have repealed the state’s ban on taxpayer funding for churches. All of them went down. Very cool.
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