Gay Marriage, Euthanasia, Abortion, Marijuana: How Did They Vote?

Gay marriage

Did Maryland voters legalize gay marriage?  YES
Did Maine voters legalize gay marriage?  YES
Did Minnesota voters ban gay marriage?  NO
Did Washington state voters legalize gay marriage?  YES

Marijuana

Did Arkansas voters legalize medical marijuana? NO
Did Colorado voters legalize the sale and use of marijuana?  YES
Did Massachusetts voters legalize medical marijuana?  YES
Did Oregon voters legalize the sale of marijuana?  NO
Did Washington voters legalize the sale and growth of marijuana? YES

Euthanasia

Did Massachusetts voters legalize euthanasia? NO

Human trafficking

Did California voters raise the punishment for human traffickers?  YES

Blaine Amendment


Did Florida voters allow state funds to go to religious organizations?  NO

Gambling

Did Maryland voters approve expanded casino gambling?  YES
Did Oregon voters approve casino gambling?  NO
Did Rhode Island voters approve state-operated casino gambling?  YES

Death penalty

Did California voters do away with the death penalty?  NO

Abortion

Did Florida voters stop the use of tax payer money for abortions?  NO
Did Montana voters require parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion?  YES 

  • Bill S

    The Archdiocese of Boston was instrumental in defeating Massachusetts Question 2 Doctor Assisted Dying. Massachusetts would have become the fourth state to provide it. I was for it until this website convinced me otherwise.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Bill. I really appreciate this comment!

  • http://reluctantliberal.wordpress.com Reluctant Liberal

    I must admit I’m curious where you stand on marijuana decriminalization. I assume you oppose legalization, but the criminalization of drugs has done little but fund the drug cartels and break up families by giving the US the largest prison population in the world.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I saw this earlier, but just now got back around to it. In truth, I’m conflicted on this issue. On the one hand, your assessment of the net effect of our current drug laws is accurate. Drug addicts seem to have no trouble finding their drugs, and we are filling up our prisons with drug offending criminals. On the other hand, I am leery of the effect of removing all penalties. I can see potential serious and unintended consequences.

      I have some first-hand experience with this. I have a family member who has actually done prison time over drugs. It was the only time this person has been sober since they were about 13 or 14. Within a few months of getting out, they were back on it again. We’ve tried rehabs, etc. But it doesn’t work.

      Drug addiction is complicated by the fact that it seems to be a social addiction. Alcoholics often go off alone and drink. But drug addicts clan-up. There is a whole drug sub-culture. From what I’ve seen this drug culture is itself as addicting as the drugs and in some ways as destructive. To be honest, I’m not impressed with what I’ve seen of rehab. I don’t think we can treat drug addicts until/unless we also deal with the effects of the drug culture on them as well as the drugs.

      I think these changes of the laws on marijuana are an interesting experiment which might give us some indicators of what would follow if we de-criminalized other drugs.

      • http://reluctantliberal.wordpress.com Reluctant Liberal

        I’d say that’s a fair analysis in many ways, though I would add that other countries that have decriminalized have had mostly positive results (the exceptions being the countries that allow foreign tourists to buy drugs). I also think drug criminalization fuels drug culture, rather than disincentivizes it. I’ve heard of studies that show that drug users in cultures that don’t stigmatize drug use are mostly able to function as full members of society. Drug addicts are driven underground and stigmatized to the point that of course they’re going to develop their own in-group.

        I’ve never used an illegal substance and have no desire to, but I am quite convinced that we need to try something drastically different from what we have now.

        Thanks for the response! That was interesting.

  • Peg

    Personally, I’m pleased with the marijuana vote unless there’s something I should know?

    • http://reluctantliberal.wordpress.com Reluctant Liberal

      I was more addressing my question to Ms. Hamilton, but I think I’ve been deemed a troll. I really need to start commenting on the positive things I read on here. I disagree with the majority of what I read, but I’ve also gotten some bright reminders of why I used to be Catholic.

  • Peg

    Personally, I’m pleased with the marijuana vote unless there’s something I should know.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00805469860229478026 Irksome1

      What worries me about marijuana legalization is that kids WILL get their hands on it. This isn’t like alcohol, you can grow the stuff yourself. Further, our kids are all ready drugged up on Aderol and who knows what else. What type of drug interactions are we likely to see if we throw marijuana into the mix?

      • http://www.twitter.com/WCLPeter WCLPeter

        What worries me about marijuana legalization is that kids WILL get their hands on it.

        The “kids” are ALREADY getting their hands on it, they have been ever since there were “kids”. The concern now is where they’re getting it. Personally, I’d prefer they get it with a fake ID down at the corner store, where at least its going to be government regulated for safety and quality, instead of the heat packing gang banger in a dark alley somewhere with who knows what else cut into it.


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